On this day in Black History: February 4

SojournerTruthStamp

1986 a stamp of Sojourner Truth was issued by the U.S. Postal Service.  Sojourner Truth, a black abolitionist and women’s rights activist, was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, in 1797.  She died in Battle Creek, Michigan, on November 26, 1883.

 

 

 

 

 

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1996: J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to     respond to a state of the union.  Also he was elected in 1990 to the  Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the first African-American in Oklahoma to win statewide office. He successfully ran for Congress in 1994 and was re-elected to three additional terms with increasing vote margins. Watts delivered the Republican response to Bill Clinton’s 1997 State of the Union address and was elected Chair of the House Republican Conference in 1998. He retired in 2003 and turned to lobbying and business work, also occasionally serving as a political commentator.

 

 

 

 

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On this day in Black History: February 03 1870

black suffrage

The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the United Stats constitution are collective known as the “slave amendments”. Ratified after the end of the Civil War they (sort of) ensured former slaves citizenship and the right to vote, as well as legal barriers to the return to slavery.

In practice, of course, it would be another 100 years before Blacks were really able to vote more-or-less freely and Jim Crow laws as well as anti-Black customs, ubiquitous in both “The North” and “The South”, would prevent these Americans from enjoying even second class citizenship for many decades to come.

 

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