Ninety-seven-year-old Emma Lee Green balances an armload of old books and yellowing papers around the stacks of musty files in her San Bernardino attic. She remembers well the days of Jim Crow, poll taxes and literacy tests that barred many African-American citizens from the voting booth.
Americans set their clocks back one hour last Sunday. But a wave of new voting restrictions could turn back the clock to the days poll taxes and literacy tests meant to stop African-Americans from voting. She witnessed first-hand the valiant struggle to ensure that all American citizens could raise their voices on Election Day.
Like she has done for nearly 65 years, last week Emma went to the polls to vote in the local elections. (New America Media)
Easy Related Posts
'Fighting for You': Both Parties Vie to Motivate Black Voters
With President Barack Obama no longer on the ballot, Republicans are courting blacks anew, while ...read more
The real party of civil rights
About once a year, the right will roll out a stale argument: Republicans are the ...read more
The Republican Party’s problem with black people
Overall, I agree with Ron Christie’s argument in the Daily Beast on “how to really ...read more
If Democrats Hold on to US Senate in November, It Will Be Because of Black Voters
If the Democrats hold on to control of the U.S. Senate in November, it will ...read more