Hey, PushBlack family! Today, we’re celebrating Millie Jackson’s Birthday. Jackson’s raw lyrics and demeanor helped pave the way for the rise of rap and hip-hop a decade later.
Hey, PushBlack family! Last Monday marked the beginning of a federal trial to determine the legality of North Carolina’s voter suppression laws. Since these laws passed in 2013, the political climate in North Carolina has reflected that of the American South during the Civil Rights Movement. Lawmakers continue to pass laws that harm women, people of color, the poor, and LGBTQ folks. But just as in the 1950s and 1960s, there’s been a strong and organized response to these laws. In 1965, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and other civic groups won passage of the Voting Rights Act. In 2015, we’re hoping that the Moral Monday movement and its allies overturn these new voter suppression laws. We’re doing a three-part email series to provide some context around what’s happening in North Carolina. In this email, we’re drawing parallels between North Carolina today and Selma, Alabama in 1965.