Journey to the Vote
|Ida B. Wells||15th Amendment|
The year 2020 marks anniversaries for two Constitutional Amendments. February 3rd, 2020 will mark the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment granting African American men the right to vote. August 18, 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment recognizing women’s right to vote.
In recognition of these anniversaries, several WKU departments and community organizations are working together to offer a variety of programs.
We will highlight various aspects of race, gender and citizenship as we look at the “Journey to the Vote” and participation in American political life through a series of speakers, panels, events, and exhibits. Topics are wide-ranging and include the passage of the 15th Amendment, and the 19th Amendment, as well as the continued disenfranchisement of men and women of color after both Amendments’ ratification.
March 28- Free Book Giveaway* of The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss at Warren County Public Library's Main Branch. Books will be given on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. For more information, visit Warren County Public Library.
March 29- Free Book Giveaway* of The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss at Warren County Public Library's Bob Kirby Branch. Books will be given on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. For more information, visit Warren County Public Library.
April 11 6-7PM Warren County Public Library's Book Discussion featuring The Woman's Hour, by Elaine Weiss. Discussion led by Holly Hedden. Location: Main Library. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Warren County Public Library.
April 30 7PM Elaine Weiss author of The Woman's Hour. Free public presentation. Swipeable for WKU students. Program made possible by Boyd Lubker Foundation and WKU Sisterhood. Location: Downing Student Union auditorium.
June 4th 2PM Journey to the Vote Kick-Off. Join us, Mayor Wilkerson and the BG City Council for a proclamation signing, remarks, light refreshments and an overview of upcoming programming. June 4th marks the100th anniversary of 19th Amendment's passage by Congress. Thirty-six states would have to ratify the amendment before it would become law. Location: Kentucky Room, KY Museum. More information.
September 16 3:15-4:15PM "Suffrage for All"- Dr. Saundra Ardrey and Tyneshia Carter. Join us for a lively discussion of universal suffrage. Why have so many - poor white men, Black men, women and young people all fought for the right to vote? Has it made a difference? Swipeable for students. Location: KY Museum.
September 24 5-6PM "Put a Woman in Charge" - panel discussion featuring current and former local and state female office holders. Panelists include: Dana Beasley Brown, Melinda Hill, Patti Minter, Patsy Sloan and Elaine Walker. Swipeable for students. Location: KY Museum.
November 14 6:30-7:30PM "Suffrage for All"- Dr. Saundra Ardrey and Tyneshia Carter. Join us for a lively discussion of universal suffrage. Why have so many - poor white men, Black men, women and young people all fought for the right to vote? Has it made a difference. Sponsored by the Warren County Public Library. Location: Parker Bennett Community Center.
February 8 Several partners will be helping the Museum to host Herstory, a free afternoon of activities for children and their families. Location: Kentucky Room, KY Museum. Time: 12PM-4PM
Dr. Saundra Ardrey will lead a Washington, DC, Selma, and Montgomery, AL "Suffrage Trail" based Study Away trip. If you interested, please reach out now to Dr. Ardrey at Saundra.Ardrey@wku.edu. Tentative itinerary.
Presentation on leading suffragists in KY, organized by Jonathan Jeffrey, Department of Library Special Collections. Location: KY Building. Date/time TBD
Movie Night--On the Basis of Sex. Campus location. Date/time TBD.
Movie Night--Iron Jaw Angles. Location: Warren County Public Library. Date/time TBD.
July 1 The Department of Library Special Collections will open their exhibit Also Ran. Location: Jackson Gallery of the KY Building. This exhibit runs through December 15, 2020.
August 18 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the legislation on August 18, 1920.
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Library of Congress Research Guides.
National Park Service.
Episode #3, aired March 22, 2019. At 13:30, interview with Elaine Weiss and discussion
of The Woman's Hour.Click here for audio link only.
Essay from National Park Service
American Experience PBS
National Women's History Museum has a variety of online resources covering women's
Selected images from the Library of Congress.
Women's Suffrage Leaders Left Out Black Women. Article by Evette Dionne.
Library of Congress.
19th Amendment Anniversary
Journey to the Vote Kick-Off
Suffrage For All
Put a Woman in Charge