The opening salvo for universal suffrage predates the decades leading up to the 100th-year observance. Rewind 400 years when the first Africans were snatched from their homeland to arrive on these shores. While the record is scant, certainly they resisted enslavement. Women fought for power in governing their bodies, their voices and their choices. These nameless suffrage pioneers carried the torch for all people stripped of the most fundamental form of liberty and self-government. We build on that truth – America’s first cardinal and unrepented sin of human bondage – by redefining suffrage and herstory. This narrative honors the sacrifices and triumphs of descendants of warriors, daughters of the enslaved and rejects the notion that the color white should symbolize the suffrage movement.
The Washington Informer Charities (WIC) is the fiscal agent of Suffrage. Race. Power. Established in 1989, WIC is the nonprofit arm of the Washington Informer, a weekly community newspaper that reports on issues for and about the African American community. The Washington Informer walks in the footsteps of Ida B. Wells, Mary Ann Shadd Cary and legions of pioneering Black press journalists and publishers who waged gallant fights against slavery, lynching and discrimination, while advocating for women’s equality and universal suffrage.