In the century following Reconstruction, African Americans in the South faced overwhelming obstacles to voting. Despite the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which had enfranchised black men and women, southern voter registration boards used poll taxes, literacy tests, and other bureaucratic impediments to deny African Americans their legal rights.
Southern blacks also risked harassment, intimidation, economic reprisals, and physical violence when they tried to register or vote. As a result, African Americans had little if any political power, either locally or nationally. In Mississippi, for instance, only five percent of eligible blacks were registered to vote in 1960.
It is so important to understand as Black people, what others did for US.. and it is our duty and obligation to move FORWARD not backwards. My lifes goal is to do what I can to MAKE MY PEOPLE BETTER. But if we don't know who we really are, we don't really know what we are working for.
Help me make the Black Race BETTER!
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