Today is the day when all the hateful ads stop running. Today is the day when we take action and make our voices heard. I haven’t posted a blog in a long while but I knew that today I had to write something and assure my readers that I will be rocking the vote.
As an African American woman I will take full advantage of the liberties that were afforded me by my Female and African American ancestors.
Did you know?
America has been around for 240 years, women (white women that is) have had the right to vote for 96 years and African American’s have only had the right to vote for 51 years!
Let that soak in.
51 years! I celebrated by 42nd birthday this past week. This means the right for African American’s to vote was established only 12 years before I was born. I know you’ve seen the videos or read the historical reports but maintaining the African American and women’s right to vote has not been an easy task.
Here’s some history for you, from the History.com
After the U.S. Civil War (1861-65), the 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibited states from denying a male citizen the right to vote based on “race, color or previous condition of servitude.” Nevertheless, in the ensuing decades, various discriminatory practices were used to prevent African Americans, particularly those in the South, from exercising their right to vote.
During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, voting rights activists in the South were subjected to various forms of mistreatment and violence. One event that outraged many Americans occurred on March 7, 1965, when peaceful participants in a voting rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital in Montgomery were met by Alabama state troopers who attacked them with nightsticks, tear gas and whips after they refused to turn back. Some protesters were severely beaten, and others ran for their lives. The incident was captured on national television.
I encourage everyone to take time today to do your civic duty. Remember it’s not just for the President of the United States but please know who’s running for the Senate and House of Representatives in your state. Check out if there are any articles that are up for a vote, judges in your county etc. Don’t go in the booth unaware prepare yourself.
Praying that the sun still shines tomorrow!
Until next time…