On November 19th, The League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence & Summit and the Summit College Club of the American Association of University Women are co-sponsoring a program presented by Janice Harris Jackson entitled "Stony the Road We Trod: A Discussion of Black Women and the Suffrage Movement."
How "stony the road" was for those Black suffragists who participated in the long and arduous journey in the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. In 2020, the beneficiaries of this great liberation movement commemorate its Centennial with recognition and appreciation for Black women who transitioned their energies from the liberal Abolitionist Movement to confront "Jim Crow" oppression, racial prejudice from other suffragists, southern segregation and anti-suffrage sentiments from a patriarchal status quo.
This discussion will focus on these African-American women who were the leaders of Black Suffragists (especially in New Jersey) and will mention many of the other Black women generally recognized as advocates for the Suffrage Movement.
Janice Harris Jackson is a retired Kean University educator, where during her 39 year career, her duties included the institution's first admission's recruiter for Black students, foreign student advisor and administrator responsible for strengthening its ties to Newark and other urban school districts. She was one of the founding members and Past President of the Concerned Black Personnel of Kean. She also served on the African Studies Advisory Committee.
This program will be a virtual presentation. The program will be held on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 at 7:30 pm. to register go to LWVBHNPS@yahoo.com.