Voting is Important
Not that they had a choice in rural Tennessee during the ‘30s and ‘40s, but my grandparents were denied the right to vote.
Passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 made it possible for many Blacks, including my grandfather, to vote. Unfortunately, my grandmother never had the opportunity to vote. She died before this legislation became law.
On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama was elected the first Black President of the United States of America. Millions of people went to the polls in record numbers to cast their votes. Black people who had never participated in the voting process registered and voted. President Obama winning the election was confirmation that their votes were important and counted.