Vote

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves — and the only way they could do this is by not voting”.

-FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

The Problem

  • Congress passed the 15th amendment in 1869, giving African-American men the right to vote. But by 1940 only 3% of them were actually allowed to vote.
  • Congress passed the 19th amendment in 1920, giving women the right to vote.
  • The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, and signed in to law by Pres. Lyndon Johnson. This solidified the voting rights of minorities and removed barriers such as poll taxes and literacy tests.
  • In the 2012, presidential election less than 45% of U.S. citizens between 18-24 voted
  • Women vote at a roughly 4% higher rate than men, when you examine voters over age 75 that gap widens to 15%

 

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While all U.S. citizens (with a few exceptions) are granted the right to vote, it should still be viewed as a privilege. Many minority men, and women of ALL ethnicities are still only one generation removed from having no voice. We must remember the sacrifices of our ancestors and take very seriously this privilege they fought so hard for us to have.

Respect is the Answer

Advocate. Engage Others to Amplify the Cause

  1. Use the facts, stand up and speak out.
  2. Volunteer, attend, or support national and/or local efforts.
  3. Tell us how you did your part. Encourage others to join your efforts.
  4. Use the #DoYourPart hashtag on social media and help spread the word.

 

In acknowledgment of the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery, diversity and inclusion practitioners reminded us to reflect on why we must continue to advocate for equality and the right to vote.

Vote

Be a Champion. Promote dignity and respect by taking action