Northern Monmouth County Events

Monday, February 28   Via Zoom
Video at 6:30 pm Discussion at 7:35 pm

Suffragists Speak:
Race, Slavery and the Fight for “The Vote

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This video spans history that is a significant part of Black History Month and Women’s History Month; it is also an opportunity to invite others you know to view the video and encourage them to consider showing it in a classroom or to religious and community groups. The video viewing and discussion are open to the public.

The hour-long film brings to life the words of historic figures from the suffrage struggle – Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Alice Paul, and Carrie Chapman Catt – culminating with the speech to the 1964 Democratic Convention by civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.   The video gives voice to the moral questions and passionate commitments each of the characters brought to the fight for suffrage and reminds us that the fight for the vote did not end with passage of the 19th Amendment.

The filming and production of the video was made possible by grants from the AAUW New Jersey Charitable Trust and the New Jersey Council on the Humanities in addition to support from the sponsoring organizations. This program was originally written and presented live in March 2020 by members of T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, AAUW-NMCB and League of Women Voters.