Interview with Nse Ufot, December 20, 2018

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Nseabasi (Nse) Ufot was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States as a child. She is a graduate of Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia Tech, and the University of Dayton School of Law. Ufot practiced corporate law before joining the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Ohio’s legal department. She has also worked as a senior lobbyist and government relations officer for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and assistant executive director of the Canadian Association of Teachers. She is currently CEO of the New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to registering and engaging Georgia’s diversifying population. Ufot resides in Atlanta.

Ufot begins by talking about her family, upbringing, and education. She turns to her political activism and work with organized labor following law school. Ufot discusses the origins of the New Georgia Project, its mission, and her responsibilities in the organization. She explains the challenges related to voter registration including voter apathy and legal actions. Ufot reflects on balancing her personal political views with work at the nonpartisan New Georgia Project. She talks about voter suppression and its ties to Jim Crow era Georgia. Ufot adds her preliminary takeaways from the 2018 midterm elections and the future of the New Georgia Project. The interview closes with Ufot’s thoughts on Georgia politics looking ahead to 2020 and beyond.

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2018-12-20

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RBRL425TPGA-073

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Nse Ufot and Katie Schank, “Interview with Nse Ufot, December 20, 2018,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed February 26, 2024, https://georgiaoralhistory.libs.uga.edu/RBRL425TPGA/RBRL425TPGA-073.