Although the 19th Amendment granted voting rights to all women nationwide, states still had leeway to discriminate. Within a decade, state laws had disenfranchised most African Americans, and it would take the civil rights movement of the 1960s before all blacks in the south could vote. On September 22, Part 2 of HerStory, HerVoice, a Commemoration of the 19th Amendment, will focus on Voting and Racial Injustice and feature a panel of speakers including Andrea Douglas, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center; Leslie Harris Scott, Charlottesville-Albemarle NAACP; and Ella Jordan, 100 Black Women of Charlottesville area. They will discuss the years from the Civil War to 1920 when the 19th Amendment was passed, the Jim Crow years when many gains were lost prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1965, and the voter suppression efforts that continue even today such as purging voter rolls, eliminating convenient polling stations and making absentee voting difficult. They’ll also share ways you can take action now to ensure the political power earned by women in 1920 is accessible to all today in the ongoing fight for gender and racial equality.
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Take action! Lift up women’s voices and history and ensure our libraries have books that tell HerStory! Charlottesville NOW’s annual book drive to benefit the Jefferson Madison Regional Library will continue through September. Everyone is invited to take action with NOW members and friends by donating feminist books for the library’s collection. A wish list of books for children and adults is available for viewing and purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2318G3EIGHX0T?ref_=wl_share. Or help our community by buying at a local bookstore. Just be sure the book you purchase has the same ISBN number (which you can find under the book details in this list).
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