The fight to vote in 2015: Why restoring the Voting Rights Act matters


By Ronda Racha Penrice

In theory, the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution February 3, 1870 gave black men the right to vote and black women achieved the same when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified August 18, 1920.

Reality has been something else. Something tragic.

As black men began exercising their right to vote and, even more importantly, their right to participate in the political process as elected officials after the Civil War, the Southern white power …read more

Via:: The Grio