Come celebrate a great U.S.A milestone at Stirling Books & Brew!
From Wikipedia: Black suffrage refers to black people’s right to vote. Black suffrage has long been at issue in countries established under conditions of white supremacy. It was, and still is limited through official and informal (de facto) means of discrimination on micro and macro levels of society (e.g. illegal voter suppression). In other countries throughout history, black people were able to obtain the right to vote through the course of national independence. However, black men in the United States did not gain the right to vote until after the Civil War. In 1870, the 15th amendment was ratified to prohibit states from denying a male citizen the right to vote based on “race, color or previous condition of servitude.” It should be reiterated that “black suffrage” in the United States in the aftermath of the American Civil War explicitly referred to the voting rights of black men only. Black women still had many hurdles to face before obtaining this basic human right. The passage of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified by the United States Congress on August 18 and then certified as law on August 26, 1920., technically granted women the right to vote. However, the 19th Amendment did not initially extend to women of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American heritage because of widespread sexism, enduring inequality, and racism from within the ranks of the women’s suffrage movement. White southern support of women’s suffrage only existed so long as racist and supremacist racial lines were upheld. For example, Black women were barred from accessing ballot boxes, and denied voter registration through fraud and intimidation from voting officials in the South. It wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act was passed nearly a half century later, on August 6, 1965, that black women were officially allowed to exercise their right to vote.
We’ll talk about this important change, and what it looked like locally here in Albion, Michigan. We’ll hear stories from some of our neighbors and together be thankful for the progress, and for our great town of Albion.