Founded in 1941, the Virginia Voters League brought together Virginia’s local Negro voting leagues into one group. Dr. Luther Porter Jackson together with Civil Rights attorneys Raymond J. Valentine and Robert H. Cooley Jr. organized the local groups. The League affiliated itself with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and other like bodies. The group led a drive to register African Americans. It also investigated voter registration violations, poor handwriting charges, and misleading questions. These efforts resulted in an easing of voter registration obstacles for all of Virginia’s voters.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Petersburg
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - Petersburg, at the site of the league headquarters
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