3 Reasons to Remember 100 Years Ago and Still “Many Rivers to Cross” (-Jimmy Cliff)

Justice Antonin Scalia  

1.On 3/3/1913, 100 years ago, the Suffragettes marched for the right to vote in Washington D.C. and purposely disrupted Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration.

2. Even though they felt oppressed, the movement also oppressed the African American women who came to march and were sent to the back of the parade. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, a hero of mine, was a journalist and wrote about and spoke out against lynching and started an anti-lynching crusade. She also organized Black women to come and march for the vote on 3/3/1913 and stood her ground, something she did all of her life, and would not be intimidated.

3. As recent as 2012, there were instances of voter suppression and in recent days, we have heard Supreme Court Justices, namely Antonin Scalia,  label the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as, “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”  

The Suffragette Movement, Ida B. Wells Barnett and The Voting Rights Act of 1965 might have taken place too long ago for some people to care, but we must know our history if we are to move forward and ensure that all citizens of the U.S.A. have equal rights and that all women around the world have equal rights.

“History is important. If you don’t know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.” –Howard Zinn

Still many rivers to cross, my readers.

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