The 15th Amendment was supposed to guarantee Black men the right to vote, but exercising that right became another challenge.
Washington, D.C. | U.S.A. – Aug 28, 2021: March On for Voting Rights “Protect Voting Rights” (Shutterstock) By Sarah Pruitt, History In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, the United States found itself in uncharted territory. With the Confederacy’s defeat, some 4 million enslaved Black men, women and children had been granted their freedom, […]
Representative Bennie G. Thompson, chairman of the committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, has spent his career fighting to protect the right to vote.
By Richard Fausset and Luke Broadwater, NY Times BOLTON, Miss.— It was here, in this majority-Black town of 441 people, that Representative Bennie G. Thompson attended a segregated junior high school. It was where his father spent a lifetime working as a mechanic and paying taxes, but never enjoying the right to vote. And it […]