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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Tawana Belinda Wilson-Allen, May 11, 2006. Interview U-0098. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Effective voter education resources are needed to appeal to black voters

Wilson-Allen restates the need for voter-friendly education resources. She discusses critical places to target in distributing political pamphlets for a maximum impact.

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Oral History Interview with Tawana Belinda Wilson-Allen, May 11, 2006. Interview U-0098. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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TAWANA BELINDA WILSON-ALLEN:
[Referring to "prescription drug" hand out; copy is in archival material.] these are kind of, that's prescription drugs. Just do a little, it's just a little blurb about it, and then when the election is, encouragement to vote. Getting a ride. It was all on one sheet.
ELIZABETH GRITTER:
Right. Yeah, that's very efficient. So this says, yeah, the Y--
TAWANA BELINDA WILSON-ALLEN:
ELIZABETH GRITTER:
That's a 2004 handout.
TAWANA BELINDA WILSON-ALLEN:
[Referring to Supreme Court Judges" hand out; copy is in archival material.] This one we did on Supreme Court.
ELIZABETH GRITTER:
[Referring to Meckenburg Voter Coalition flyers; copies are in the archival material.] Yeah, and that's just as you say, these are good still for people with eighth grade education and very easy to understand. Yeah.
TAWANA BELINDA WILSON-ALLEN:
So that was an example of how we did. Some of them we did posters and put them in storefronts, barbershops, beauty shops and there's a thing in here. I talk about where to go and how to do it, the whole little--
ELIZABETH GRITTER:
Where do you distribute these flyers?
TAWANA BELINDA WILSON-ALLEN:
Senior high rises, depends upon, daycare center, beauty shops, barbershops. You'll see, churches, we're doing site registrations like that. So you have a copy of it.we're doing voter registration, but we're also doing voter education, get out to vote, at the same time. We used to try to look at it separately but we started, it meant more for us , and a lot of times we wouldn't get back to that voter depending upon how targeted his or her particular precinct was. So we tried to make it count when we did touch base with them.
ELIZABETH GRITTER:
Right. Targeted in the black community or all over.
TAWANA BELINDA WILSON-ALLEN:
All over.
ELIZABETH GRITTER:
All over, yeah, good.
TAWANA BELINDA WILSON-ALLEN:
We targeted precincts where they were least likely to vote.