Martha Jones on Black Women in the Fight for Voting Rights

On Monday, February 21, 2022, historian Martha S. Jones will speak about the role of Black women in the long and ongoing fight for voting rights. This is part of the Teach the Black Freedom Struggle series of monthly online classes.

Thanks to a donation from the publisher, we will raffle 20 copies of the new paperback edition of Jones’ book Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All to teachers who attend the event.

Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history at The Johns Hopkins University. Her books include Vanguard:  How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America.

Jones will be in conversation with Cierra Kaler-Jones, a social justice educator and director of storytelling at the Communities for Just Schools Fund.

These online classes with people’s historians are held at least once a month (generally on Mondays) at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET for 90 minutes. In each session, the historian is interviewed by a teacher and breakout rooms allow participants to meet each other in small groups, discuss the content, and share teaching ideas. We designed the sessions for teachers and other school staff. Parents, students, and others are also welcome to participate.

Find resources below to teach outside the textbook about the struggle for Black women to gain the right to vote.

Who Gets to Vote? Teaching About the Struggle for Voting Rights in the United States

One Person, No Vote (YA edition): How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

The Voting Booth

Dec. 25, 1951: Murder of Harriette and Harry Moore in Florida

Jan. 4, 1965: Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Challenges Congress

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