February 28, 2017- The Transformative Justice Coalition (2015-present) and what you can do to advance voting rights (2017) #VRABlackHistory

February 28, 2017- The Transformative Justice Coalition (2015-present) and what you can do to advance voting rights (2017) #VRABlackHistory

Today, February 28, 2017, on this last day of Black History Month, we end of the #VRABlackHistory Series with a special two-part extended edition as we honor The Transformative Justice Coalition and educate about what you can do to advance voting rights.

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February 27, 2017- Congressman John Lewis (1940-present) #VRABlackHistory

February 27, 2017- Congressman John Lewis (1940-present) #VRABlackHistory

Today, February 27, 2017, we honor Congressman John Lewis, who has put his heart, soul, skin, blood, and tears into the fight for African-American suffrage. Congressman John Lewis was “a leading participant in nearly all of the pivotal events of the civil rights movement”.

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February 26, 2017- Congressman Marc Veasey (1971-present) #VRABlackHistory

February 26, 2017- Congressman Marc Veasey (1971-present) #VRABlackHistory

Today, February 26, 2017, we honor Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33), who has taken the cause of Voting Rights head-on. Congressman Veasey founded the first ever Congressional Voting Rights Caucus in 2016, and is a very out-spoken advocate of voting rights every day of the year. When he assumed Congressional office in 2013, Congressman Veasey became the first African-American congressman elected in Tarrant County, Texas.

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February 24, 2017- The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. (1941-present) #VRABlackHistory

February 24, 2017- The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. (1941-present) #VRABlackHistory

Today, February 24, 2017, we honorthe Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. marched in Selma with Martin Luther King, Jr.; was a major-party presidential candidate twice; and, still advocates for many of the original causes on which he campaigned. 

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January 23, 2017- Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm #VRABlackHistory

January 23, 2017- Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm #VRABlackHistory

Today, February 23, 2017, we honor Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm, who was the first African-American woman in Congress in 1968; and, was the first African-American and African-American woman to make a serious presidential bid for a major party in 1972. Chisholm was a Black woman who lived in the twentieth century who was a catalyst for change in America.

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February 22, 2017- The Voting Rights Act of 1965 #VRABlackHistory

February 22, 2017- The Voting Rights Act of 1965 #VRABlackHistory

Today we honor the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the landmark legislation that "...outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting.

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February 21, 2017- Mississippi Freedom Summer (Summer 1964) #VRABlackHistory

February 21, 2017- Mississippi Freedom Summer (Summer 1964) #VRABlackHistory

Today, on February 21, 2017, we honor the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. Freedom Summer was a non-violent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi's segregated political system.

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February 20, 2017- Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson #VRABlackHistory

February 20, 2017- Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson #VRABlackHistory

Today, February 20, 2017. we honorAmelia Platts Boynton Robinson, who " was a civil rights pioneer who championed voting rights for African Americans." What better way to honor President's Day then to honor Amelia Boynton? Boynton was at the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the honored guest of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Boynton was also the honored guest of President Obama in his January 2015 State of the Union address and she marched with him hand-in-hand on the Edmund Pettus Bridge commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Selma-To-Montgomery March.

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February 19, 2017- Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) #VRABlackHistory

February 19, 2017- Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) #VRABlackHistory

Today, February 19, 1017, we honor Fannie Lou Hamer, who was a seminal figure in the fight for African American voting rights and political power in the 1960's. "During the course of her activist career, Hamer was threatened, arrested, beaten, and shot at. But none of these things ever deterred her from her work."  Although Fannie Lou Hamer came from a poor background and wasn't highly educated, she was a fierce advocate who was able to galvanize, mobilize, and inspire a movement.

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February 18, 2017- The Children's Crusade (May 2, 1963-May 5, 1963) #VRABlackHistory

February 18, 2017- The Children's Crusade (May 2, 1963-May 5, 1963)  #VRABlackHistory

Today, February 18, 2017, we honor the Children’s Crusade. The Children’s Crusade was the successful effort by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and its leaders, Martin Luther King Jr, Rev. James Bevel, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and Dorothy Cotton to desegregate Birmingham, Alabama.

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February 16, 2017- Mary Eliza Church Terrell (1863-1954) #VRABlackHistory

February 16, 2017- Mary Eliza Church Terrell (1863-1954) #VRABlackHistory

Today we honor Mary Eliza Church Terrell. Mary was a strong advocate for Black woman suffrage, often highlighting the struggles that Black women had to go through that White women didn’t. Mary did a lot in her life, but her main focus was voting rights, as she recognized and said that she “belonged ‘to the only group in this country that has two obstacles to surmount, both sex and race.’”

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February 14, 2017- George H. White (1852-1918) #VRABlackHistory

February 14, 2017- George H. White (1852-1918) #VRABlackHistory

Today, February 14, 2017, we honor George H. White, who was a lawyer and the last of the Black Reconstruction Congressmen, departing in 1901.What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than to honor a man who passionately loved the law, his country, and his race?

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February 13, 2017- The Final Attempt: The Federal Elections Bill (1890)

February 13, 2017- The Final Attempt: The Federal Elections Bill (1890)

Today, February 13, 2017,  we honorthe Federal Elections Bill (also known as “The Lodge Bill, or to its opponents “The Force Bill"). The Lodge Bill would have given more oversight in elections and provided much-needed enforcement of the 15th Amendment in the South. Following the 1877 Hayes-Tilden compromise, this bill represented the last attempt by the U.S. Congressin the 19th Century to protect African-American suffrage.

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February 12, 2017- The Fifteenth Amendment (1870)

February 12, 2017- The Fifteenth Amendment (1870)

Today, February 12, 2017, we honor the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlaws discrimination in voting rights on the basis of race, color, and previous condition of servitude; thereby advancing suffrage for African Americans (although only men could vote at that time).

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February 11, 2017- The Reconstruction Congress of 1867 #VRABlackHistory

February 11, 2017-  The Reconstruction Congress of 1867 #VRABlackHistory

. Today we honor The Reconstruction Congress of 1867, which passed several measures to promote the Black franchise:

1.      The District of Columbia Suffrage Bill;

2.      The Territorial Suffrage Act; and,

3.      The Reconstruction Acts of 1867.

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