Women's Suffrage: The Untold Story of Black Women in Its History

When Sep 25, 2020
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Microsoft Teams
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This year marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote nationally. The story of the long battle too often excludes the role of Black women who played significant roles in the ratification efforts. Hosted by the Brandeis School of Law, this panel conversation gives a general overview of the suffrage movement both nationally and in Kentucky, and it reframes that history by telling the stories of some of the key “hidden figures” of the movement. It will connect that history to the voting rights activities of the 1960s and voting in 2020 and the Black Lives Matter movement.


  • Rachel Platt, Director of Community Engagement at the Frazier History Museum


  • Margie Charasika, President, League of Women Voters of Louisville
  • Jermaine Fowler, Creator of Humanity Archive Educational website (working on history of Ida B. Wells and her role in suffrage)
  • Enid Trucios-Haynes, Professor, Brandeis School of Law
  • Marsha Weinstein, President, National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites (part of historical markers for Mary Britton and other Kentucky Suffragettes)

Fielding Questions:

  • Cherie Dawson-Edwards, Chair and Associate Professor, UofL Department of Criminal Justice

Co-sponsored by the Brandeis School of Law, Brandeis Law School Diversity Committee and Women’s Law Caucus, UofL Office of Community Engagement, UofL Office of Diversity, UofL Office of Advancement, UofL Women's Center, UofL American Association of University Women, UofL Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research

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