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Valencia African Heritage Committe (VAHC) Educational Resources: African Americans and the Vote (2020)

Black History Theme (2020)

The Valencia African Heritage Committee has adopted African Americans and the Vote as the 2020 Black History theme. "The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. The theme speaks, therefore, to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote." Learn more about the theme here.

2020 Election Resources

If you do not live in one of the counties listed below, you can seek the information related to your ballot and voting by visiting Vote411.org.

Check out our voting check list to ensure your voting plan is up to date.

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Learn More about Local Candidates & Amendments

Learn More About Your Voting Rights

Vote by Mail

Suggested Videos

Videos can be accessed by logging into your Atlas account then clicking on the Search the Library link. Or when prompted, your Borrower ID is your VID with the V and your Pin number is the last 4 digits of your VID.

Suggested Articles

Additional Suggested Readings

  • Carson, Clayborne. In Struggle: Sncc and the Black Awakening of the 1960s. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981.
  • Crawford, Vicki L., Jacqueline Anne Rouse, and Barbara Woods, eds. Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchberarers 1941-1965. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990.
  • Dittmer, John. Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1994.
  • Gilmore, Glenda. Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1996.
  • Holt, Len. The Summer That Didn't End: The Story of the Mississippi Civil Rights Project of 1964. New York: Da Capo Press, 1992.
  • Lawson, William H. No Small Thing: The 1963 Mississippi Freedom Vote. U Miss Press, 2018.
  • Neverdon-Morton, Cynthia. African American Women and the Vote 1837-1965. Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1997.
  • Terborg-Penn, Rosalyn. African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote 1850-1920. Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1999.
  • Turri, Rebecca. Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2018.
  • Visser-Maessen, Laura. Robert Parris Moses: A Life in Civil Rights and Leadership in the Grassroots. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2016.

Suggested Databases

Library databases allow you to explore news articles, documentaries, magazine articles, and academic journal articles.

Library databases can be accessed by logging into your Atlas account then clicking on the Search the Library link. Or when prompted, your Borrower ID is your VID with the V and your Pin number is the last 4 digits of your VID.

Background Research

In Depth Research

Suggested Valencia Library e-Books

E-Books can be accessed by logging into your Atlas account then clicking on the Search the Library link. Or when prompted, your Borrower ID is your VID with the V and your Pin number is the last 4 digits of your VID.