The First Sins ~ The First Suffragists
Universal suffrage predates the decades leading up to the 100th-year observance in 2020. Rewind 400 years when the first stolen Africans arrived on these shores. While the record is scant, certainly they resisted enslavement. Throughout history, Black women fought for power in governing their bodies, their voices and their choices.
Yesterday they carried the torch for all people stripped of the most fundamental forms of liberty. Today we pick up the baton, challenging America’s first unrepented sin of human bondage by redefining suffrage through our lens of herstory. This space honors the sacrifices and triumphs of descendants of warriors, daughters of the enslaved and rejects the notion that white should symbolically or literally be the color of the suffrage movement.
McKinney & Associates, campaign and team director, is the first Black and woman-owned communications firm in the nation’s capital that expressly promotes racial justice public policy. For SRPUnerased, McKinney continues its decades of marrying advocacy, narrative creation into a suite of integrated strategies aimed at social change.
The Washington Informer Charities (WIC) is our fiscal agent. Established in 1989, WIC is the nonprofit arm of the Washington Informer which continues the tradition of pioneering Black women journalists who waged gallant fights against slavery, lynching and discrimination, while advocating for women’s equality and universal suffrage.