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Women’s Suffrage: African-American Women and The Intersectionality of Race and Gender
Featuring Linda T. Wynn

By the end of second decade of the 20th century, Nashville, the State of Tennessee, and women’s suffrage captured center stage. Almost from the beginning women’s suffrage was entangled with the issue of race and this entanglement played out in Nashville, fifty-five years after the Civil War’s last battle. Despite racism being front and center in Nashville among both the suffragists and the anti-suffragists, African American women were among those who favored women having the right to vote.

Although the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution occurred last year, the lessons learned from the struggle of women to gain the right of the franchise and some forty-five years later African Americans gain the right to vote under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is important to realize when all are engaged in the political process, every segment of society benefits. In this session learn:
• How the Voting Rights Act and the 19th Amendment relate to the expansion of opportunities for political participation.
• How the 19th Amendment provided voting rights to white women, but frequently not to Black women.
• How Black women have engaged in protest and activism in order to secure the right to vote.

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