You might love or hate Trump, but keeping him in or out of office has made Americans value the right to vote more than they ever have before.
In 1789 the franchise was restricted to white men, but not all white men. Only those possessing a minimum amount of property or paid taxes could vote. In 1800, just three states permitted white manhood suffrage-the right to vote-- without qualification.
Donald Trump is clearly appealing to our worst instincts, as many have said, but let's be more clear: Donald Trump is appealing to the worst instincts of white people, and American history has shown how ugly and violent those white instincts can be.
The 2016 election is the first Presidential election that will occur since the Supreme Court struck down key provisions in the Voting Rights Act.
An estimated 44,000 ex-felons in Maryland will have an easier time regaining the right to vote after being released from prison, following the end of a heated fight between the state's governor and its legislature.
What I want to do is demonstrate the importance of your vote. This isn't about politics or whether you believe in the same things as I do. What I want is for you to actually consider the depth of your right to vote.
What many expected to be a coronation for establishment candidate Hillary Clinton has morphed into a pitched battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Despite all the corporate media hype to the contrary, the long slog to the Democratic nomination is just getting started.
Regrettably, 51 years after 600 people risked their lives on Bloody Sunday to expand democracy for people of color, and with the 2016 Presidential election fast approaching, too many voters of color here in New Jersey, rather than experiencing increased political participation, are losing their voting rights daily.
Michigan state government has been broken for decades, but it's just now coming to people's attention outside our state via the Flint water crisis and the Detroit Public Schools crisis. How did this happen? And could it happen to you?
Vote buying is just one way to suppress and manipulate votes. Another way to control the outcome of democracy is through unnecessary and discriminatory voter ID laws.
I strongly feel that we as African-Americans should not only look at voting as a right here in this country, it should be a MANDATE that we go out to the polls and vote.
We must keep up the momentum of the movement and to do so, we need to understand the significant roles that our voices play in achieving progress. In other words, we must comprehend the power that lies in exercising our fundamental right to vote.
The fight to guarantee African-American voting rights continued for more than half a century after Du Bois' letters, and indeed remains ongoing and vital more than 100 years later.
Memo to President Obama: We need a Supreme Court Justice and we need one now. That justice should be prepared to fight the great the legal battles of the 21st century. And those battles concern primarily wealth and race.
Just as the progress of the first Reconstruction was followed by decades of retrenchment and reversal, many of the formidable threats millions of poor children and families -- of all races, but especially children of color -- face today are very dangerous steps backwards.
With more than 58 million Latinos in the U.S. -- 28 million of whom are eligible to vote in this year's presidential election, Latinos remain determined to counter such fear-mongering by cultivating a culture of civic engagement in this nation's public affairs.