Welcome To February Happenings
Good Cause Events:
Saturday, February 22, 2020
The Black Suffrage Movement
Black suffrage refers to black people 's right to vote . Black suffrage has long been an issue in countries established under conditions of black minorities .

It was, and still is, limited through official and informal means of preventing voter fraud at every level of society (e.g. voting for dead people, altering absentee ballots). In other countries throughout history, all people including women, were able to obtain the right to vote through the course of national independence. However, black men in the United States did not gain the right to vote until after the Civil War.

In 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified to prohibit states from denying a male citizen the right to vote based on “race, color or previous condition of servitude." It should be reiterated that "black suffrage" in the United States in the aftermath of the American Civil War explicitly referred to the voting rights of black men only.

Black women still had many hurdles to face before obtaining this basic human right.
The passage of the 19th Amendment , which was ratified by the United States Congress on August 18 and then certified as law on August 26, 1920, technically granted women the right to vote.

However, the 19th Amendment did not initially extend to women of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American and American Indian heritage because of widespread enduring inequality and racism from within the ranks of the women's suffrage movement.

It wasn't until the Voting Rights Act was passed nearly a half century later, on August 6, 1965, that black women were officially allowed to exercise their right to vote.

A great book, entitled FEARLESS by Dr. Charlene Butts Ligon, shares how a poor Norfolk, Virginia seamstress, Evelyn T. Butts, took on Jim Crow, and beat the poll tax for voting and became a forceful and courageous voting rights champion who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished poll tax (FEARLESS can be found on Amazon).

With the struggles and tireless pursuits of VOTING Rights, civil right, and human rights of our ancestors, we encourage EVERYONE to exercise your powerful right to VOTE.

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Photos From Past Event and Announcements of Upcoming Events:
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Saturday,   January 25, 2020: Barnes & Noble--Inner Harbor Baltimore--Discussion & Book Signing:
Friday, February 28, 2020 : Red Dress Heart Foundation Gal a
Friday, March 6-8, 2020 : Delta's Chapter 50th Anniversary
Golden Jubilee Gala
Saturday, March 7th, 2020 : Women At The Well (WATW) Foundation Yellow Dress Event--1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event is FREE ; However, RSVP your attendance at
eventbrite.com. For more information, email at womenatthewellfoundation@gmail.com (Rev. LaVern Murray)
You can also visit Dr. Hattie N. Washington's website
to view her itinerary, purchase autographed books,
enjoy event photos, and enlist her services for
speaking engagements/workshops/book signing, etc.