ASALH will hold innovative programming in the month of September in lieu of an in-person conference in Montgomery, Alabama. Check back for schedules, times, and other updates.
In the standard story, the suffrage crusade began in Seneca Falls in 1848 and ended with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. But this overwhelmingly white women’s movement did not win the vote for most black women. Securing their rights required a movement of their own.
This plenary focuses on the critical role women have and can play in government elections.
During the opening ceremony for our virtual conference, we will hear from Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Callahan of the historic St. Paul’s Baptist Church of Philadelphia, PA. In celebration of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870), Pastor Callahan will reflect on ways of seeing the act of voting as a part of connecting to our higher selves and to those who sacrificed much to ensure us all of the opportunities that voting provides.
This is the inside story of how a movement founded by a preacher’s daughter from Birmingham who worked in the Obama White House assembled a team and strategy to send a Democrat to the Senate from Alabama for the first time in 25 years—and then helped to restore voting rights to 1.4 million ex-felons, the most significant expansion of voting rights since the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
As one of the sites in America’s Civil Rights Crossroads, Alabama helped draw international media attention to the need for change in America. This panel presents the insights of some of Alabama’s greatest gifts to the world, social justice activists and human rights champions.