In the United States, the right to vote is a fundamental, but contested component of our democracy. In this month?s newsletter we highlight two books that focus on the struggle and fight to secure voting rights for all people. Although historically marginalized groups have organized to dismantle discriminatory voting laws, many of the gains made for generational access to the right to vote have been jeopardized by voter suppression, obstacles in voter registration, and voter identification requirements. We selected books that focused on the importance of sustaining voting rights to ensure a healthy and thriving democracy, while also acknowledging lessons learned from marginalizing the voices of people of color in the voting rights movement. The resource list we provide is meant to cultivate an inter-sectional perspective on voting rights that captures the nuances within the history of voting rights in the United States.
“In the unceasing ebb and flow of just ice and oppression we
must all dig channels as best we may, that at the propitious moment somewhat of the swelling tide may be conducted to the barren places of life.”