Historian Martha Jones on Black Women Breaking Voting Barriers

WED, MAR 30, 2022 (56:10)

Suffrage100MA and GBH Forum Network present acclaimed historian and writer Martha S. Jones, who will discuss her book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020). In the book she recounts how Black women defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons.

From the earliest days of the republic to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and beyond, Jones excavates the lives and work of these women — Maria Stewart, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Fannie Lou Hamer, and more — who were the vanguard of women’s rights, calling on America to realize its best ideals. Vanguard was selected as one of Time’s 100 must-read books.

Jones will be interviewed by Charlotte Golar Richie, a longtime Boston public servant and activist with a deeply held commitment to civil rights, racial equity and women’s political leadership.

Fredie Kay, Founder & President of Suffrage100MA, will serve as moderator.

Link to Martha Jones’ book

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