Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson: “The Negro Woman and the Ballot”


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In 1927 the writer, educator, and activist Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson published an article titled “The Negro Woman and the Ballot” in the African American magazine The Messenger, in which she posed the question What have black women done with their vote? Dunbar-Nelson believed that black women had accomplished not nearly enough as a result of their enfranchisement in 1920, and she encouraged them to start exercising their power as voters without bowing to pressure from their male peers or...