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2020 #VRABlackHistory

February 1, 2020- Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) #VRABlackHistory

In honor of Black History Month, all month long we will be sharing the legacies and stories of the heroes, sheroes, and events in the fight for Black suffrage on social media under the hashtag #VRABlackHistory. Follow us on Twitter (@VRAmatters) to share your own facts.

February, 2 2020 – Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893) #VRABlackHistory

For the 4th year in a row, the Transformative Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Alliance, in honor of Black History Month, is reprinting its #VRABlackHistory series (originally created in 2017; all articles updated in 2018; all graphics updated in 2020). In addition to 10 NEW articles this year, the series will also start off its first 7 days with stories of Black women involved in the Women’s Suffrage Movement in honor of the 100th Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Join us all month long as we share the legacies and stories of the sheroes, heroes, and events in the fight for Black suffrage on social media under the hashtag #VRABlackHistory. Follow us on Twitter (@VRAmatters) to share your own facts. This series is authored by Caitlyn Cobb.

February 3, 2020- Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931)

For the 4th year in a row, the Transformative Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Alliance, in honor of Black History Month, is reprinting its #VRABlackHistory series (originally created in 2017; all articles updated in 2018; all graphics updated in 2020). In addition to 10 NEW articles this year, the series will also start off its first 7 days with stories of Black women involved in the Women’s Suffrage Movement in honor of the 100th Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Join us all month long as we share the legacies and stories of the sheroes, heroes, and events in the fight for Black suffrage on social media under the hashtag #VRABlackHistory. Follow us on Twitter (@VRAmatters) to share your own facts..

February 4, 2020- Anna A. Clemons (1920) #VRABlackHistory

For the 4th year in a row, the Transformative Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Alliance, in honor of Black History Month, are publishing a daily special series devoted to sharing the legacies and stories of the sheroes, heroes, and events in the fight for Black suffrage. This series incorporates social media posts; daily newsletters; an interactive calendar; and, website blog posts to spread the word broadly. In addition to 10 NEW articles this year, the series is starting off its first 7 days with stories of Black women involved in the Women’s Suffrage Movement in honor of the 100th Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, even to though many African American women were not able to vote until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

We encourage everyone to share this series to your networks and on social media under the hashtag #VRABlackHistory. You can also tweet us @VRAmatters to share your own facts. Others can sign up for the daily articles at VotingRightsAlliance.org.

You don’t know the story of today’s honoree. Today we honor Anna A. Clemons, who wrote the National Woman?s Party in 1920 about the disenfranchisement of women of color after ratification of the 19th Amendment. Nothing was done about her concerns.

Anna’s story illuminates the serious failing of the Women’s Suffrage Movement to include Black women; Anna’s story highlights an example of the erasure of Black women from the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

February 6, 2020- Mary Eliza Church Terrell (1863-1954) #VRABlackHistory

For the 4th year in a row, the Transformative Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Alliance, in honor of Black History Month, are publishing a daily special series devoted to sharing the legacies and stories of the sheroes, heroes, and events in the fight for Black suffrage. This series incorporates social media posts; daily newsletters; an interactive calendar; and, website blog posts to spread the word broadly. In addition to 10 NEW articles this year, the series is starting off its first 7 days with stories of Black women involved in the Women’s Suffrage Movement in honor of the 100th Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, even to though many African American women were not able to vote until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

We encourage everyone to share this series to your networks and on social media under the hashtag #VRABlackHistory. You can also tweet us @VRAmatters to share your own facts.

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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