Saturday, August 6, 2022
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 expanded the 14th and 15th amendments by banning racial discrimination in voting practices. The act was a response to the barriers that prevented African Americans from voting for nearly a century.
- The Voting Rights Act: Ten Things You Should Know, by Emilye Crosby and Judy Richardson. This article in Zinn Education Project highlights reasons why this landmark legislation made powerful shifts in civil rights and American democracy.
- Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones In the standard story, the suffrage crusade began in Seneca Falls in 1848 and ended with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. But this overwhelmingly white women’s movement did not win the vote for most Black women. Securing their rights required a movement of their own.