From Sojourner Truth to Stacey Abrams: Black Women in the Vanguard of Political Change

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This presentation will focus on the role Black women have played in U.S. political history from the origins of the republic to the present. Defying both racism and sexism in securing the ballot for themselves, Black women led the way for greater equality for all Americans. From their quest to extend citizenship and voting rights via Constitutional amendment to their campaign for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and today’s crusade against voter suppression, Black women have been in the vanguard of political change and the push to make the nation live up to its highest ideals. From Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells to Fannie Lou Hamer, Shirley Chisholm, and Stacey Abrams, Black women have broken barriers and insisted on equality for all.

Our guest speaker is Dr. Katherine Jellison, Professor of History at Ohio University.

(photographic portrait is of Ida B. Wells)