How Texas Prevented Black Women From Voting Decades After The 19th Amendment

Texas ratified the 19th Amendment on June 28, 1919, then shut out black voters by creating the “white primary.”

By Jen RiceJuly 2, 2019 9:30 am, , , , ,

From Houston Public Media:

In 1918, when she was 25 years old, Christia Adair went door-to-door organizing for women’s right to vote in Texas.

“This effort was to pass a bill where women would be able to vote like men,” Adair remembered later in a 1977 oral history interview with the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College.

“Well, we still didn’t know that that didn’t mean us. But we helped.”

When the bill passed, Adair went to the polls for the first time. The memory of what happened stuck with her the rest of her life. 

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