Reclaiming Our Way promoting the well-being of African American children & families

4Nov/140

Why #WeVote – 2014 Mid-Term Elections

Reflections on the importance of voting, shared in advance of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections. We should let no valuable tool go unused in support of the conditions that promote African American family and child well-being.

20Jun/140

50 Years Later, How a New Freedom Summer Could Mobilize the South’s Disenfranchised People of Color

Democracy Now
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. In June 1964, more than 1,000 out-of-state volunteers traveled to Mississippi to help register African-American voters and set up "freedom schools." Activists risked their lives to help actualize the promise of America’s democracy: the right for everyone to vote. Out of Freedom Summer grew the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party that challenged the legitimacy of the white-only Mississippi Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Half a century after Freedom Summer, a new report suggests much work remains to be done. According to the report, people of color continue to be locked out of statewide politics, and people of color candidates rarely get elected to statewide office. The report features state-by-state graphics that demonstrate how a targeted wave of voter registration among people of color voters could shift the balance of power in key Southern states. The report, "True South: Voters of Color in the Black Belt 50 Years After Freedom Summer," was just released by the Southern Elections Foundation and the Center for American Progress. We are joined by the report’s author, Benjamin Jealous, a partner at Kapor Capital and a senior fellow the Center for American Progress.