Although the 19th Amendment declared that the right to vote cannot be denied on the basis of sex, it did not guarantee voting access. Citizenship laws, poll taxes, threats, and violence barred African American, Latina, Native American, Asian American, immigrant, and poor women. Many African American women could not vote unimpeded until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act—long after the 19th Amendment went into effect. The National Museum of African American History and Culture shares five African American suffragists whom students should know about in order to understand a broader history of the struggle for women’s suffrage.
A group of artists has spent the past six years inviting other artists, teachers, and students to help add Wikipedia pages for Black artists and adjusting other pages as needed. Started by Jina Valentine and Heather Hart, the Wiki edit-a-thons have resulted in the addition of 1,200 artists and institutions to the Wikipedia website, as well as changes made to countless other pages.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, IBM is working with policymakers and education leaders to increase the number of Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools(P-TECH)in the United States. Currently, IBM hosts 220 P-TECH partners worldwide, and the company plans to expand the program to 150 schools in the US—half of the company’s total commitment of 300 by 2023.
Primary Source has announced HistoryThon, an opportunity to explore African American history while supporting teachers with the tools they need, at a time when outdoor activities are safest. Participants can choose where their journey will take them as they explore walks, trails, and sites of historical importance to the African American experience.