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By Gina Wilson Steward
Telegram News CEO 

You have the right to VOTE; Now use it


October 14, 2021

It is the year 2021, and the General Election is less than three weeks away. Are you going to vote in the election? I hope so. This brief history explains what transpired in order for you to have 'the right' to vote.

The 15th Amendment states: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

The 15th Amendment granting African-American men the right to vote was adopted into the U.S. Constitution in 1870. Despite the amendment, by the late 1870s discriminatory...

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