The Voice of Prince Edward County


The Voice of Prince Edward County


African American newspapers
Associations, institutions, etc.—African American membership
Race discrimination—United States
Prince Edward County (Va.)


Published between the years of 1965 and 1969, the Voice of Prince Edward County was an independent, privately financed newspaper out of Farmville, Virginia. The stated intent of the paper, printed as an Editors’ note in the July 26, 1965 issue,

The VOICE of Prince Edward County is dedicated to give a voice to all the people of Prince Edward County. We will try to create more interest in local government by showing how the people can become involved in solving our problems in education, health, welfare, and employment. We will report the news for the whole community and we will let our officials know how the community feels. We will publish your letters to us and look forward to hearing your views. Finally, we will serve as an outlet for the creative ability of people in the community and we hope that the pieces we publish will inspire others.

Though the editorial staff differed from issue to issue, most contributors to the paper were African-American residents of Prince Edward County, some of whom had suffered directly as a result of the 1959-1964 closure of the county’s public schools. By 1969, Alphonso O’Neil-White, the first African-American student at Hampden-Sydney College, was the sole credited editor of the paper.


Hampden-Sydney College Archives & Special Collections
Virginia Commonwealth University Special Collections & Archives
Longwood University, Greenwood Library Special Collections & Archives


1965/1969; 2021


Alphonso Vance White
Alphonso O'Neil-White
James E. Ghee, Jr.
Barbara Botts
Leslie F. Griffin, Jr.
Carlton Terry
Darwyn White


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Farmville, VA (Prince Edward County)

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The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 1, No. 1
"Six Years Later They are Learning to Read" - Author Unknown - About five hundred children and adults in Prince Edward County are learning how to read and write as students in Operation Catch-Up" in the summer of 1965. / "Headstart" - Darwyn White -…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 1, No. 2
"Plans to Make Green Bay Model Recreation Area" - Larry Hines -"The Green Bay District has been chosen as the site for a model area for year around recreation free to the whole community." / "Employment...You and Your Rights" - Leslie F. Griffin, Jr.…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 1, No. 3
"Nation Has New Voting Rights Act" - Author Unknown -The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is explored. / "Visiting Science Program Here" - Author Unknown -Traveling scientists present to children in the Operation Catch-Up program. / "Peace Corps Needs…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 1, No. 4
"Scholarship Aid Available for Students Here" - Otis Jackson - A call to students to begin thinking about college and necessary aid and preparation required. / "Education Act Will Aid Educationally Deprived" -Larry Hines - The benefits of the…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 1, No. 5
"Homemaking Service in Planning Stage for P.E." - Frances Dove - The Community Action Group, Inc. is in the planning stages for a large homemaking program for the women of the community hopefully funded by the War on Poverty. / "Donations Needed" -…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 1, No. 6
"Civic Council Lists Plans in Nottoway" - Miss A. Savary - The Nottoway County committee that sparked County Negroes to desegregate...has been re-organized and renamed the Nottoway Civic Development Council and is branching out into other areas for…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 2, No. 1
"Speakers Appraise War in Vietnam" - Robert Booker - Members of THE VOICE met with members of the Richmond Council for Peace Education and others who are against U.S. policy in Vietnam. / "CAP Official Reveals Plans for Massive Educational Program" -…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 2, No. 2
"State Student Conference Held in Farmville Recently" - Larry Hines - A state student conference was held in Farmville to present high school and college students with problems facing Virginia. / "Sen. Howell Urges Youth to Work for New Virginia" -…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 2, No. 3
"Question Box" - Vonita White - A new service from THE VOICE where questions are submitted. The question is: "What is a Primary Election?" / "'Push for 1,200' Voter Registration Drive Active in Prince Edward" - Author Unknown - A voter registration…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 2, No. 4
"Peace Speakers Request an End To Every War" - Debbie Mariner - Members of THE VOICE attend a Peace Seminar sponsored by the Richmond Council for Peace Education. / "Gene Lee Will Attend Prep School" - Donzella White - Gene Lee, a freshman at Robert…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 2, No. 5
"PTA Elects New Leader" - Author Unknown - Edgar Latham was elected president of the Prince Edward County Parent-Teachers Association. / "Voice Staffer Goes To Citizen Camp" - Author Unknown - Phaeby Dupey, from THE VOICE, received a full scholarship…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 2, No. 6
"Know the Candidates: William B. Spong, Jr." - Phaeby Dupey - An overview of U.S. Senate Democratic hopeful, William B. Spong, Jr. / "Know the Candidates: Lawrence M. Traylor" - Robert Booker - An overview of U.S. Senate Republican hopeful, Lawrence…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 2, No. 7
"New Industry Operates in Farmville" - Vivian Scott and Harold White - Stackpole Component Company, who came to Prince Edward in early 1966 and located its pilot plant, which employs 140 people, on Highway 460 has started work on a new plant. /…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 3, No. 1
"Human Relations' Youth Organize" - Philip Stockman - The Prince Edward Youth Council on Human Relations is a new organization comprised of members from Hampden-Sydney College, Longwood College, and Robert R. Moton High School. / "Supervisors Ask…

The Voice of Prince Edward County, Vol. 3, No. 2
"NAACPer Reviews Activities in PE" - Gladys Lawson - The NAACP has been very influential since organzing a branch in Prince Edward County. / "My Reflection on College Life" - O. Jerome Jackson - O. Jerome Jackson reflects on college depression due to…
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