Race remains one of the most important issues American society confronts today. Understanding the suffrage movement and the place of women of color in it is also an important task for us as we head toward the 2017 centennial of women voting in New York State. Voting rights were as vital to black women as to white women, but knowledge of their activism is scant. Most important for us today is putting black women suffragists in the center of the story, learning their stories as much as possible about their points of view. Doing so allows us to use race and the suffrage story to examine the phenomenon of race within the framework of an historical movement, at the same time offering us a microcosm of racism in the culture more broadly.
During this presentation, Susan Goodier will use Power Point slides to show images of people and documents relevant to the black women’s suffrage activities. Audiences, drawn from a wide range of venues, such as school groups, museums, community centers, senior centers, and libraries, participate in the recovering knowledge of these women’s suffrage activism and could offer another pathway to understanding the complex race issues we continue to face today.