National Black Voters Day

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Hey there, history buffs! Welcome to, where we uncover the fascinating tales behind the days we celebrate. Today, we're digging into the intriguing history of National Black Voters Day!

When is Black Voters Day?

It's national black voters day on the 19th September.

History of National Black Voters Day

Did you know that National Black Voters Day first gained recognition on 19 September 2020? This important day is dedicated to celebrating and empowering black voters across the nation.

In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on promoting voter registration and participation, with movements like Black Voters Matter gaining widespread attention. National Black Voters Day serves as a reminder to honor the history and contributions of black voters throughout American history and to encourage active civic engagement.

Empowering the Community

On this special day, various organizations, community groups, and activists come together to provide educational resources, conduct voter registration drives, and host events focused on political empowerment. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the past while working towards a future where every voice is heard and every vote counts.

Black voters have played a significant role in shaping our nation's history, from fighting for civil rights to advocating for equal representation. National Black Voters Day is a proud tribute to their ongoing efforts and serves as a call to action for all communities to ensure that everyone's voice is heard at the ballot box.

History behind the term 'Black Voters'


The ratification of the United States Constitution

In 1788, the United States Constitution was ratified, laying the foundation for the nation's government. However, at this time, only white male property owners were granted the right to vote. This exclusionary approach denied black individuals, both free and enslaved, the ability to participate in the electoral process.


The ratification of the 15th Amendment

In 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified, granting African American men the right to vote. This marked a significant milestone in the fight for civil rights and equal suffrage. Black voters were finally granted legal protection against racial discrimination at the polls, although challenges and obstacles persisted in many parts of the United States.


Plessy v. Ferguson

In 1896, the landmark Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson upheld racial segregation laws, introducing the 'separate but equal' doctrine. This ruling indirectly impacted black voters by reinforcing discriminatory practices and unequal treatment, particularly in the Southern states.


Civil Rights Act of 1957

In 1957, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, marking the first significant federal civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. While not specifically focused on voting rights, the Act aimed to protect the voting rights of African Americans by creating the United States Commission on Civil Rights to investigate discriminatory voting practices.


Voting Rights Act of 1965

The year 1965 saw the passage of the Voting Rights Act, regarded as one of the most vital pieces of civil rights legislation. The Act aimed to overcome barriers preventing black citizens from exercising their right to vote, such as literacy tests and poll taxes, particularly in the Southern states. It provided federal oversight of election practices in jurisdictions with a history of discriminatory voting laws.


The election of Barack Obama

In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African American to be elected President of the United States. This historic event marked a significant milestone in American history and demonstrated the power and influence of black voters. Obama's election inspired many and served as a symbol of progress in the ongoing pursuit of equality and racial justice.

Did you know?

Did you know that Shirley Chisholm made history as the first African American woman to run for president of the United States? In 1972, she ran as a candidate for the Democratic Party and paved the way for future generations of black political leaders.


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