It takes 21 days to form a habit. 

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Week 1: Voting
Today's Challenge: The History of Voter Suppression
2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 15th Amendment, which extended voting rights to all American men "regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
Today, we are looking at the history of voter suppression and how people of color were systemically kept from the ballot box and the challenges they had to overcome to exercise their right to vote, far after the 15th Amendment was ratified. This will provide much-needed context for tomorrow's challenge where we will be showing how voter suppression has changed over time and how it is disenfranchising marginalized communities today.  

We Challenge You To Take...

From the 1890’s to the 1960’s literacy tests were designed to disenfranchise people of color from voting (white men were exempt). Print out and try to complete this test. Be sure to set a timer before you start, you would have been given 10 minutes to finish.
View this interactive timeline of the history of the Voting Rights Act and see how access to the vote was expanded and restricted over time.
Read this article highlighting the role that the Voting Rights Act played in protecting Asian Americans' voting rights. Until 1952, federal policy barred immigrants of Asian descent from becoming U.S. citizens and having access to the vote. 

Voting Week Action Items

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