Who We Are
One Voice is a civic engagement, non-profit organization working to democratize public policy whose work is designed to identify and address issues of public concern so that we can make a difference in the civic life of vulnerable and marginalized communities.
Our mission is to ensure an equal voice to traditionally silenced communities across the South.
What We Do
We believe that by building community awareness and increasing the capacity of communities, local organizations and leaders are empowered and provided opportunities to engage in the formation of public policy that affects their lives.
Born Out of Need
Through collaborative efforts with traditional and non-traditional allies, One Voice has played a pivotal role in building alliances that transcend organizational and racial boundaries.
One Voice grew out of the work undertaken by the Mississippi State Conference NAACP in response to housing, education, civil rights, and other related policy advocacy needs facing historically disadvantaged communities in the wake of the 2005 hurricanes. That work revealed significant needs within the non-profit sector. One such need was access to current and relevant data required to do effective policy analysis. Another need was one of connections between trained and networked community leadership and non-partisan, community-based structures through which broad public involvement could be organized and sustained. One Voice, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed to address these needs.
Our partners and supporters are committed to building a strong, informed electorate that rejects polarization and seeks to improve the lives of Mississippi residents across the state regardless of color or class.
One Voice has an affiliate office in Louisiana. Together, the offices work towards achieving a progressive civic infrastructure in the American South by supporting local and state policy development through training and collaboration across issue areas and geography.