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Citizen Activists: African American Suffragists, Faith, and the Hard-Won Right to Vote
The second in the Freedom Forum’s series, Religious Resolve: Stories from Our Past, for Our Future, highlights stories of two little-known African Americans who put their religious faith into action to better the lives of women and ensure their right to vote. While several more well-known suffragists have been honored during 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, lesser-known women like Emma France Landcaster and A.L.T. Waytes are equally deserving of our attention. Landcaster escaped enslavement in a contraband camp in Arkansas during the Civil War, became a Quaker at Southland College and an activist for suffrage in Oregon. Devoted to the principles of the social gospel, Waytes went on a multi-state speaking tour in 1912-14, advocating for women and women’s suffrage. She later was a leader in the Republican Colored Women’s Club in New York, where she continued to fight for the right to vote.

Hear their stories told by:

Thomas Dublin, Ph.D., distinguished professor emeritus, State University of New York at Binghamton and editor, Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States

Blair Forlaw, contractor, Religious Freedom Center’s Leadership for a Multi-Faith Democracy Project, and volunteer citizen researcher, Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States

The program will be moderated by:

The Rev. Tess Powell, founder, Perfecting Community Full Gospel Baptist Ministry, empowering women and girls to be community change agents

Sep 24, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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