MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY-A LEGACY REVISITED: VOTING RIGHTS TODAY

Voting Rights
View image | gettyimages.com Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. played a pivotal role in securing voting rights for all Americans. The 'Voting Rights Act' signed into law August 6, 1965 was a landmark piece of federal legislation, meant to prohibit racial discrimination in voting. Fast forward 2016 where voting rights are still at the forefront of the political debates, as legislative measures by state continue to threaten disenfranchisement in subtle, but damaging ways. The dream for all U.S....
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BLACK HISTORY-ANNA JULIA COOPER

Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (August 10, 1858 – February 27, 1964) was an American author, educator, speaker and one of the most prominent African-American scholars in United States history. Upon receiving her PhD in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne  in 1924, Cooper became the fourth African-American woman to earn a doctoral degree.  Her book, A Voice from the South is widely viewed as one of the first articulations of Black feminism.
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VOTING RIGHTS A HISTORY-IDA B. WELLS

Ida B. Wells
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, Georgist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was active in the women’s Suffrage Movement, and working on behalf of all women, called for President Woodrow Wilson to put an end to discriminatory hiring practices. She established the National Association of Colored Women, and was a founding member of NAACP. Published work ‘A Red Record’.
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VOTING RIGHTS A HISTORY-VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Due to the tireless efforts by Civil Rights Leaders, the ‘Voting Rights Act’ which prohibits racial discrimination in voting, was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson August 6, 1965. The 2016 election will be the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Threat to law Section 5 ‘Preclearance’ Provision. Learn more about this provision at Justice.gov. ---Commentary, Expressyourselfblog.com
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VOTING RIGHTS A HISTORY-FANNIE LOU HAMER

Fannie Lou Hamer was an American voting rights activist, civil rights leader, and philanthropist. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi’s Freedom Summer for Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC), and later became the vice-chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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