This lecture foregrounds responses in the African American community to felon disfranchisement and highlights efforts to resist these laws. I focus on three episodes. (1) African American reactions to laws disfranchising for petty theft in the 1870s. (2) Individual efforts to gain restoration of citizenship through pardons in the 1880s and 1890s. (4) Legal action taken by three African American men who challenged their disqualification from suffrage in Tennessee and Missouri in the early twentieth century.