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Historian Martha Jones on Black Women Breaking Voting Barriers

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Suffrage100MA and GBH Forum Network present acclaimed historian and writer Martha S. Jones, who will discuss her book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020). In the book she recounts how Black women defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons. From the earliest days of the republic to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and beyond, Jones excavates the lives and work of these women — Maria Stewart, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Fannie Lou Hamer, and more — who were the vanguard of women’s rights, calling on America to realize its best ideals. Vanguard was selected as one of Time's 100 must-read books. Jones will be interviewed by Charlotte Golar Richie, a longtime Boston public servant and activist with a deeply held commitment to civil rights, racial equity and women’s political leadership. Fredie Kay, Founder & President of Suffrage100MA, will serve as moderator. [Link to Martha Jones' book](https://marthasjones.com/vanguard)

Professor **Martha S. Jones** is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. Professor Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020) and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018), winner of the Organization of American Historians Liberty Legacy Award for the best book in civil rights history, the American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in American legal history, and the American Society for Legal History John Phillip Reid book award for the best book in Anglo-American legal history. Professor Jones is also author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900 (2007) and a coeditor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (University of North Carolina Press (2015), together with many important articles and essay.
Charlotte Golar Richie has spent 25 years in government — as a former state legislator, civil rights commissioner, housing chief & neighborhood development director. Since her ground-breaking campaign in 2013 as the first African American woman to run for Mayor of Boston, Charlotte has dedicated her time to board and philanthropic activities, and uplifting the leadership efforts of women and people of color.
Fredie Kay is Founder and President of the Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts (“WSCC”), suffrage100ma.org Fredie Kay is an attorney and advocate for women’s rights. She was a member of the Equal Pay Coalition of Massachusetts, participating in its successful effort to legislate the Equal Pay Act, signed into law in July 2016. She serves on the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative Task Force of the National Women’s Party, as well as the Votes for Women National Trail Committee of the National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites (NCWHS). Fredie also serves in leadership positions for a number of organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC), the Advisory Board of the Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), the Advisory Council of EMERGE Massachusetts, and the Advisory Committee of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA). She was a 2016-2017 Fellow in the Access to Justice Program, a project of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Lawyers Clearinghouse.