. To Create Good Voting Habits, Drop the Shaming Tactics « JO LEE MAGAZINE

Harper’s Bazaar – My first time voting was a family celebration. It was 2004, my sophomore year at Hampton University, a historically Black college in southeastern Virginia. I drove back home to Richmond, giddy, prepared to vote with the rest of my family. As the first grandchild of Black folks from Mississippi, this was a big deal. Mississippi, of course, was one of the battlegrounds for fighting for African-American suffrage in the 1950’s and 60’s. It’s the home of voting rights activists like Fannie Lou Hamer and Medgar Evers, and the work of the Black men and women who organized across the South during the Civil Rights Movement laid the groundwork for the Voting Rights Act. Voting marked a rite of passage into adulthood and represented a poignant coda to the struggle that so many before me had fought for…

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