Editor's Statement – African American Politics – A History of Struggle


Posted on: February 24, 2014

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[wzslider autoplay="true" transition="'slide'" lightbox="true"] [caption id="attachment_842" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Black Politics - A History of Struggle Black Politics - A History of Struggle[/caption] The history of African Americans is a history rich with political struggle. Whether we study the early  slave rebellions, the Civil War, #reconstruction, Post-Reconstruction, the Garvey Movement, the 1960s Civil Rights and Black Power movements, or the rise of Black elected officials up to, and including, the election of Barak Obama, African Americans have engaged in deliberate political action to advance their quality of life within the United States. In 2008, tens of millions of African Americans turned out in historic numbers to propel Barak Obama to the Democratic Party nomination and, ultimately, the Presidency of the United States.  The turnout in that election was the culmination of a massive upswing in Black voting which began with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. By the time of Obama's re-election campaign in 2012, numerous states across the nation had moved to adopt laws which severely restrict voting rights. Many of these laws were targeted at African American voters. For African American voters, this attempt to roll back voting rights was like Deja Vu, all over again.  continue...       References: American Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights Timeline - USHistory.org

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