Black History Month
Black History Month 2020
African Americans and the Vote
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. This theme has a rich and long history, which begins at the turn of the nineteenth century, i.e., in the era of the Early Republic, with the states’ passage of laws that democratized the vote for white men while disfranchising free black men. Thus, even before the Civil War, black men petitioned their legislatures and the US Congress, seeking to be recognized as voters. Tensions between abolitionists and women’s suffragists first surfaced in the aftermath of the Civil War, while black disfranchisement laws in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries undermined the guarantees in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments for the great majority of southern blacks until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 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. Indeed the fight for black voting rights continues in the courts today. The theme of the vote should also include 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.
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Calendar of Events
Activities are co-sponsored by the Academic Affairs Division and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs in conjunction with the African American History Month Committee.
Coppin Repertory Theatre presents The Meeting
Coppin Repertory Theatre at Coppin State University celebrates Black History Month with Jeff Stetson’s award-winning play, THE MEETING.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lecture
Please join us for the 23rd annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lecture.
Town Hall Meeting
Come to the Coppin State University Social Work Department and Dorothy Height Center for Social Justice sponsored Maryland HBCU lawsuit town hall meeting.
Women's Suffrage and Voting Rights
Join us for a presentation by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Recapturing Our Neighborhood: Making Every Vote Count
Join us for a panel discussion.
The Market Place
The Marketplace features vendors selling their merchandise and displaying their services.