A group of Black women activists met with Kamala Harris at the White House on Friday (July 16), according to The Grio. Several of the Black civil rights leaders were arrested the day before protesting inside the Hart Senate Office Building. They were discussing voting rights.
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Melanie Campbell, Black Voters Matter’s LaTosha Brown, and Cora Masters Barry were among the voting rights activists present. April Ryan, who was inside the meeting, reported that it was a fruitful conversation and even President Biden listened to it for a while.
As quoted by Ryan, “a staffer said that the president was glad the women were there and that Harris took over as second-in-command”. The Vice President Harris listened attentively to what the women had to say about what was going on. According to her, the group was a modern version of Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hammer, and other powerful civil rights figures.
“You have the blessing and benefit of standing on your shoulders, all Americans,” she said. We have been trying to convince politicians to pass the For The People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act from the beginning. In the House of Representatives, both bills have already passed, but getting sufficient support in the Senate remains a challenge. Several Republican-backed bills are intended to reduce voting rights for residents of red states. Biden and Harris have recently held meetings with black leaders and Texas Democrats regarding this issue.
She has been given the responsibility of tackling voter suppression, and perhaps her meeting with the Black leaders on Friday provided her the blueprint for moving forward with her plan.
As he spoke at the meeting, Brown, whose organization recently took part in a freedom ride for voting rights, declared that “hope is turning to frustration”. Furthermore, she stated that she and the other activists are seeking “something permanent,” referring to the legislation as of yet.
In her book, Master Barry expresses her discomfort at protesting over 50 years after the original Voting Rights Act was enacted. It makes me mad that I am 76 years old and I was out there fighting to uphold the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” Masters Barry said. Here I am. We got it. It just doesn’t make sense to me why we’re here.”
This article was penned by Jonathan P. Wright. Jonathan is a freelance writer for multiple mainstream publications and CVO of RADIOPUSHERS. You can read more of his work by clicking here.