Lecture Description

The woman suffrage movement enjoyed support among southern African American women, but historical scholarship is strangely silent on whether or how they used the ballot after the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified. This talk explores the history of Black women’s voting rights activism from 1920 to the current day and demonstrates how their efforts to vote — some successful, some not — transformed U.S. politics even before the 1965 Voting Rights Act brought new protections to southern Black voters.


African American Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights

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