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File #: 59338    Version: 1 Name: Recognizing February 2020 as Black History Month in the City of Madison.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/12/2020 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 2/25/2020 Final action: 2/25/2020
Enactment date: 3/2/2020 Enactment #: RES-20-00120
Title: Recognizing February 2020 as Black History Month in the City of Madison.
Sponsors: Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Donna V. Moreland, Sheri Carter, Samba Baldeh, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Shiva Bidar, Syed Abbas, Christian A. Albouras, Tag Evers, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Patrick W. Heck, Zachary Henak, Rebecca Kemble, Lindsay Lemmer, Arvina Martin, Sally Rohrer, Marsha A. Rummel, Michael J. Tierney, Michael E. Verveer, Paul E. Skidmore
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
2/25/20201 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/29/20201 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
No appropriation required.
Title
Recognizing February 2020 as Black History Month in the City of Madison.
Body
WHEREAS, the theme of Black History Month for 2020 is “African Americans and the Vote”; and,

WHEREAS, the year 2020 marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War; and,

WHEREAS, this year’s theme speaks to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote which began at the turn of the nineteenth century with the states’ passage of laws that democratized the vote for white men while disenfranchising free black men; and,

WHEREAS, even before the Civil War, black men petitioned their legislatures and the US Congress, seeking to be recognized as voters and while tensions between abolitionists and women’s suffragists first surfaced in the aftermath of the Civil War, black disfranchisement laws in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries undermined the guarantees in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments for the great majority of southern blacks until the Voting Rights Act of 1965; and,

WHEREAS, the important contribution of black suffragists occurred not only within the larger women’s movement, but within the larger black voting rights movement. Through voting-rights campaigns and legal suits from the turn of the twentieth century to the mid-1960s, African Americans made their voices heard as to the importance of the vote and continues even today in our courts; and,

WHEREAS, when Wisconsin was preparing to become a state in 1846, leaders in the state drafted a constitution that put the voting rights of African Americans up to a popular vote, which was rejected in 1847; and,

WHEREAS, a second referendum allowing African-American men to vote was approved in 1849 but the result of this vote was misconstrued by local election officials until 1866; and

WHEREAS, Ezekiel Gillespie, a leader in Milwaukee's black community,...

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