By Gwen McKinney (October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977)When Tennessee approved the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920, it was the culmination of the long march to women’s suffrage. Full citizenship and voting rights would become exclusive for some American women and doggedly elusive for many others. The year that amendment was ratified, a […]
By Dr. Kerry Mitchell Brown The direction and future of this country — and with it the direction and future of Black people — will be determined by significant elections, at the national, state, and local levels, in the coming months and over the next series of years. We have the power to determine our […]
By Cryshanna A. Jackson Leftwich, PhD “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (Declaration of Independence).” July 4, 1776, marked the day that America declared its freedom […]
Everything about the 2016 presidential election (and the periods leading up to it) through this very day tells us that any sustainable progress for Black people remains at risk and under attack. We’ve all seen the data and continue to live in the reality that Black people, and other people of color, remain disproportionately impoverished, […]
Similar to the three-fifths compromise, there are historical roots for voting districts favoring rural populations, which were increasingly white, that were politically motivated. Once there were more residents in cities, district boundaries were not re-drawn, effectively giving people in rural areas more districts per voter than their urban counterparts had. The one person, one vote […]
Our Constitution, often referred to as the supreme law of these United States of America, memorializes the debates of our founding fathers around the guiding principles, policies around governing, leadership, and basic citizen’s rights. The Constitution also details the distribution of seats in the House of Representatives. Article 1, Section 2 of the United States […]
Now that Black voters have gone to the polls on Super Tuesday, after resoundingly casting their votes for Joe Biden in South Carolina, we have a broader sense of their preferences in the Democratic presidential primary race. But it’s important to understand that defeating Donald Trump is not the sole motivating factor for Black voters […]
The 2020 presidential election has been widely regarded as the most important election of our lifetime. But at BlackPAC, we know that the election is just one way that this year is critical for improving the lives of and building political power for Black people.