Yesterday, we took a glimpse at the state of North Carolina, as an example of what state governments were doing in the wake of the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision. I encourage you to do your own research about North Carolina’s election laws, especially if you have friends or loved ones living in that state.
In response to voting rights related challenges in places like North Carolina state, today’s black history moment is about a black woman, who formulated a grassroots approach to ensure that the African American vote is not silenced or suppressed.
Highlights – LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter (BVM)
* Through BVM, LaTosha employs a community organizing model in African American communities that’s focused on efforts that include: expanding early voting, strengthening the Voting Rights Act (VRA), increasing voter registration & turnout, and increase political power in black communities
* Focused largely in the Southern United States
BHM Action Item: Visit and bookmark https://866ourvote.org/ or https://vote.gov/ now and register to vote, or to confirm your voter registration status. Tell your friends/loved ones to do the same!
In closing, visit the below websites to learn more about LaTosha Brown and Black Voters Matter:
Meet LaTosha Brown
Black Voters Matter
NBC News article: “A radical way to mobilize black voters in 2020: Work on issues, not voting”
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NY Times Op-Ed: “How to Turn a Person Into a Voter”