Producer/Director Jennifer Rolle of “The Black Suffragist” has issued a call for input to her documentary in progress. If you have a relative who was a suffragist or a member of the 19th century women’s club movement, she would like to hear from you. Also, if you have something that you would like to add to her dialogue on 19th century African-American women and women’s rights, or women’s equality in general, please reach out to her at theblacksuffragist.com.
From Jennifer Rolle: “The Black Suffragist: Trailblazers of Social Justice” (currently in production) explores the contribution of African-American women within the suffrage movement. Rooted in the anti-slavery movement, women’s suffrage began officially in 1848 at the New York Seneca Falls Convention. Leading the charge for public awareness of a woman’s right to vote, was Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who were active abolitionists.
Conflict rose to a fever pitch when the Fifteenth Amendment (a black man’s right to vote), was approved by Congress ahead of the women’s right agenda. This caused a split within the women’s group, which left African-American women caught awkwardly in the middle of the struggle.
Subsequent fighting erupted within the camps. There were epic betrayals and destroyed alliances. It would take several decades for Congress to finally pass the Nineteenth Amendment. Regrettably, the right to vote would remain a struggle for many African-Americans until Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.