As we all should know, tomorrow is election day. It is my hope that many of you have early voted (if applicable in yout state) but it is the sad reality that many of you have not and will not vote. This saddens me on so many levels, I’m not here to tell you who to vote for, I’m solely here to only tell you to exercise your vote. As a black woman, my ancestors fought for this right and I’m here to live out their legacy.
Let me provide you with a little history, As the women’s suffrage movement gained popularity through the nineteenth century, African-American women were increasingly marginalized. African-American women dealt not only with the sexism of being withheld the vote but also the racism of white suffragists. The struggle for the vote did not end with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. In some Southern states, African American women were unable to freely exercise their right to vote up until the 1960s. However, these difficulties did not deter African-American women in their effort to secure the vote.
The women’s suffrage movement was a decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right, and the campaign was not easy: Disagreements over strategy threatened to cripple the movement more than once. But on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserve all the rights.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965, aimed to overcome all legal barriers at the state and local levels that denied African Americans their right to vote under the 15th Amendment.
Women, we have another shot at rewriting history in Georgia, we can change the culture in the south by electing not only our first woman governor but our first black governor. However, if you don’t choose Stacey, still exercise your right.
Today, I stand here begging and pleading with you to PLEASE exercise your right to vote because after all, we fought so long and hard to get here. Go to the polls and stand in those lines proudly among our male counterparts, we earned it! VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, let your voices be heard.
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I will indeed be exercising my right to vote tomorrow! I owe it to my Grandmother and so many other strong women before her! This is an amazing post! Thank you