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Black History Month – Transformative Justice Coalition’s 2023 Voting Rights Agenda

February 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

#VRABlackHistory 2023 – The Voting Rights Alliance

Thank you for following our #VRABlackHistory series, where for 28 days we have honored, recognized, and educated about a person, organization, or event, spanning over 5 centuries and told in chronological order about those moments that forever changed the movement for African-American suffrage. Below is the list of all 28 articles that were published this year.


This year, we covered:

  • Feb 1st- Prince Hall (1735-1807)
  • Feb 2nd- Paul Cuffe Sr. (1759-
  • 1817)
  • Feb 3rd- Robert Purvis (1810 – 1898) & Harriet Forten-Purvis (1810 – 1875)
  • Feb 4th- The Reconstruction Congress of 1867
  • Feb 5th- Black Soldiers in the Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Feb 6th- The Fifteenth Amendment (1870)
  • Feb 7th- A Legacy of Disenfranchisement: Black Massacres (1860’s – early 1900’s)
  • Feb 8th- George H. White (1852-1918)
  • Feb 9th- Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931)
  • Feb 10th- The First National Conference of the Colored Women of America (August 1895)
  • Feb 11th- Past American Insurrections (1867 and 1875) (NEW 2023 ARTICLE)
  • Feb 12th- Voting Triumphs and Struggles and Racial Violence during The 1918 Flu Epidemic
  • Feb 13th- Maggie Lena Walker (1864 – 1934)
  • Feb 14th- Ella Baker (1903-1986)
  • Feb 15th- Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)
  • Feb 16th- The Children’s Crusade (May 2, 1963 – May 5, 1963)
  • Feb 17th- Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson (1911-2015)
  • Feb 18th- Congressman John Lewis (1940-2020), 2022 Edition: The “Good Trouble” Spirit of John Lewis Marches On
  • Feb 19th- The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. (1941-present)
  • Feb 20th- Understanding Felon Disenfranchisement Laws & The Individuals Affected, Part 1: The History of Felon Disenfranchisement (1600’s – Present) (NEW 2023 ARTICLE)
  • Feb 21st- Understanding Felon Disenfranchisement Laws & The Individuals Affected, Part 2: The Current Fight for Voter Restoration (NEW 2023 ARTICLE)
  • Feb 22nd- The Congressional Black Caucus (1971 – Present), Its founding, importance, members, history, and present (NEW 2023 ARTICLE)
  • Feb 23rd- Ahmaud Arbery (1994-2020) and the Brunswick, Georgia community who voted out their shameful District Attorney (2020-2022)
  • Feb 24th- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
  • Feb 25th- Black Lives Matter and the Vote: The Importance of Downballot Voting (NEW 2023 ARTICLE)
  • Feb 26th- The Rise of Modern Voter Suppression: Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 2 (2013). Updated 2022. (Honorary Mention)
  • Feb 27th- The Youth Vote of the 2020’s (NEW 2023 Article to be released in March)
  • Feb 28th- The Transformative Justice Coalition (2015-present) & What YOU can do to advance voting rights – 2023 edition

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

Others can sign up for the daily articles or view more Black History articles at VotingRightsAlliance.org

This is the 5th year we have done the series since 2017 as there was one year we skipped the series. The Transformative Justice Coalition thanks those who have been republishing our articles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, your websites, and as articles. Over these past 28 days, these Black History emails have been opened over 76,000 times, with over 3,700 individual clicks. You have responded with gratitude and an eagerness for knowledge, despite this being one of the most controversial Black History Months in recent times. In light of the recent attempts to ban Black History, we are even more pleased to share these stories this year and have encouraged everyone in the 18 states that have banned Black History to some degree to share these stories broadly!

We want to extend our gratitude for your appreciation of the history this series shares.

This article was authored by Caitlyn Cobb, who has been the talented editor of this Series.

You can also watch Caitlyn read the 2018 version of this article, which includes the history of the Transformative Justice Coalition up through 2018, on video via Facebook Live and Periscope, as a part of the 2018 #VRABlackHistoryLIVE series. View past article-readings by searching the #VRABlackHistoryLIVE.

We will be producing a 2023 Video of the Transformative Justice Coalition’s work and will be authoring more original articles in the future.


February 28
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