As Black History Month comes to an end, we celebrate the 153rd anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendment, which barred federal and state governments from denying or abridging the right to vote “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” The month comes to an end, but the fight for equality goes on.
Our country still strives to fulfill Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of a “nation [that] will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” But we still have a long way to go. In states across the country, radical MAGA Republicans are passing laws that make it harder for Black Americans and others to vote, or that dilute their electoral power.
Lake County Democrats will continue to fight for every citizen’s right to vote. We’ll continue to organize, to campaign, and to protest against attempts to limit rights. We’ll keep working to help ensure that everyone who is entitled to vote is allowed to vote and we’ll keep fighting to fulfill Dr. King’s dream. We hope you’re with us in this fight. Democrats know that our diversity is our strength. When we’re united, the politics of division will always fail.
As Dr. King said, “The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.” Yes, history bends toward justice. But each one of us should do what we can to help that arc bend faster. There’s a lot more to be done as we work to make the world a better place.
Lauren Beth Gash, Chair
Lake County Democrats