Celebrate Black History Month with the Voting Rights Alliance's series:

#VRABlackHistory

In honor of Black History Month, the Voting Rights Alliance has created a historic, interactive calendar (seen below) of the legacies and stories of the heroes, sheroes, and events in the fight for Black suffrage. Each day of Black History Month, the Voting Rights Alliance will share a new calendar article, honoring a person, organization, or event, from over 5 centuries that forever changed the movement for the right to vote for African Americans and all Americans. We will be sharing each article on social media underneath the hashtag #VRABlackHistory. Follow us on Twitter (@VRAmatters) to share your own facts.

 

How to use our interactive calendar:

  • For Desktop users: Hover over a picture to see who or what we're honoring, recognizing, or educating about that day and why. Click on the picture to be taken to the article.

 

  • For Mobile Users: Click once on a calendar day that is a dark gray square. to see who or what we're honoring, recognizing, and educating about and why. Click the title of summary to be taken to the article.
 
 

We email these articles out every morning! Click on the button below to be added to our emailing list:

 
 

Below is the list of people, events, or organizations that we have honored, recognized, and educated about so far:

  • Feb. 1st: An Early Fight for Black Suffrage (1723-1735)

  • Feb 2nd: Prince Hall (1735-1807)

  • Feb. 3rd: Paul Cuffe Sr. (1759-1817)

  • Feb 4th: Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)

  • Feb 5th: Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)

  • Feb. 6th: Robert Purvis (1810-1898)

  • Feb. 7th: Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)

  • Feb 8th: Black Soldiers in the Civil War (1861-1865)

  • Feb. 9th: Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893)

  • Feb. 10th: Anna Julia Cooper (1858-19964)

  • Feb. 11th: The Reconstruction Congress of 1867

  • Feb. 12th: The Fifteenth Amendment (1870)

  • Feb 13th: The Federal Elections Bill (1890)

  • Feb. 14th: George H. White (1852-1918)

  • Feb. 15th: Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931)

  • Feb. 16th: Mary Eliza Church Terrell (1863-1954)

  • Feb. 17th: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) 

  • Feb. 18th: The Children's Crusade (May 2, 1963-May 5, 1963)

  • Feb. 19th: Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)

  • Feb. 20th: Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson (1911-2015)

  • Feb. 21st: Mississippi Summer Freedom (Summer 1964)

  • Feb. 22nd: The Voting Rights Act of 1965

  • Feb. 23rd: Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (1924-2005)

  • Feb. 24th: The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. (1941-present)

  • Feb. 25th: The Rise of Modern Voter Suppression, especially after  Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. __ (2013).

Today, on February 26, 2017, with the twenty-sixth article in this series, we honor Congressman Marc Veasey, who represents the 33rd District of Texas, and who has taken on the cause of voting rights head-on. Congressman Veasey took Texas Governor Greg Abbott to court because of a2011 state voter ID law that was ultimately ruled in 2016 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as violative of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 due to its discriminatory effect on minority voters. Veasey v. Abbott, ___ F.3d ___ (5th Cir. 2016). Congressman Veasey also founded the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus in 2016, and is a very out-spoken advocate of voting rights every day of the year. The district Congressman Marc Veasey represents includes parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County, which allowed Congressman Marc Veasey to become "the first African American congressman elected in Tarrant County" when he assumed office on January 3, 2013.

Click on the image below to be taken to the twenty-sixth article, and join us all month long for more!

Please note: There are many other people who we would have loved to include in this calendar; however, we had to omit people, organizations, and events because of the amount of days in February. Some of the people, organizations, and events omitted include: Julius Caesar Chappelle, Colin Powel, The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 46th Annual Legislative Conference (Sept. 14, 2016), Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Barack Obama, Diane Nash, Ella Baker, Freedom Rides of 1960, and others.

 

Past Events:

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We’re hitting the ground running! We MUST not only wage a defensive war for our voting rights again, but we MUST wage a bold, inclusive, and an offensive campaign.  Together, we will and we must prevail.

Videos from the Conference will be available and on our website soon!