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The Annual Black History Luncheon is a great opportunity to celebrate our history and our future.
2020 THEME – African Americans and the Vote
he 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 including:
- The important contribution of black suffragists occurred not only within the larger women’s movement, but within the larger black voting rights movement.
- Through voting-rights campaigns and legal suits from the turn of the twentieth century to the mid-1960s, African Americans made their voices heard as to the importance of the vote.
- The fight for black voting rights continues in the courts today.
- The rise of black elected and appointed officials at the local and national levels, campaigns for equal rights legislation, as well as the role of blacks in traditional and alternative political parties.