2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the U.S. However, full voting equality was not achieved with the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment. Women, African Americans, Native Americans, and LatinX Americans have all struggled to gain and retain their right to vote during America's three-hundred-year history. Voter suppression and disenfranchisement come from many causes, such as the prison system and systemic racism and poverty.
Despite the fact that so many groups have fought for the right to vote, many people still take this right for granted. However, even one vote has the power to make real political change. This collection contains examples and stories of how Americans have fought for and defended their right to vote.
Curated by Deirdre Sullivan '23
Voices of Color Matter - October 2020
Writers of color matter.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2020) and in the context of the uprising for racial equality in the United States, this display showcases the writing of Hispanic, Latinx, and Black authors. With bold and uplifting fiction, powerful essays, lyrical memoirs, tender and sharp poetry, and compelling nonfiction, it reveals the vast, entertaining, dynamic, and informative literature coming from Voices of Color at home and around the globe.
We hope everyone finds titles that either reflect your own experiences or help you understand another person's experiences. More books by these authors (and others) can be found in our collection. Check the Browsing Room and MUSCAT Plus for more titles!