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Today marks sesquicentennial of state ratifying 15th Amendment
Provision extended voting rights to male African-Americans in U.S. Constitution
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One-hundred-fifty years ago today, on Jan. 7, 1870, the Missouri General Assembly ratified the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring that voting rights “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, or by any state, on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” The amendment extended voting rights to male African-Americans and former slaves.
“The ratification of the 15th Amendment shows what our nation can accomplish when it commits itself to equality and justice,” said Assistant House Minority Leader Tommie Pierson Jr., D-St. Louis. “The subsequent failure to enforce its protections for nearly a century exposes how badly our nation can fail when it refuses to stand against racism and oppression. The right to vote is the right to a voice in our government, and there always will be those who seek to silence the voices of others. We must diligently defend the right to vote at all times, or it will be lost.”
Missouri’s ratification effort began inauspiciously when, on Jan. 6, 1870, the House of Representatives voted 81-34 to pass a resolution stating that “this House refuses to become a party to the ratification of said Fifteenth Amendment to the United States, and will take no action to that effect.” The resolution said it was inappropriate for state lawmakers to support “negro suffrage” since during the 1868 general election Missouri voters had rejected a ballot measure to establish universal male suffrage under state law.
Undeterred by resistance in the House, the Senate voted 20-3 the next day to approve Senate Resolution 18 ratifying the 15th Amendment. Later the same day, the House reversed its prior opposition and voted 86-34 to pass the Senate’s ratification resolution.
On Feb. 3, 1870, Iowa became the 28th state to ratify the amendment, providing the required approval of three-fourths of the then-37 states. The federal government certified the 15th Amendment as part of the U.S. Constitution on March 30, 1870, by which time two more states had ratified it. Tennessee was the last state to ratify the amendment, doing so in 1997.
Attention North County College Freshmen home for winter break, you are invited to join me for a Mix, Mingle & Mentor networking lunch on Thurs., Dec. 19 from 11am to 1pm with several St. Louis companies. Space is limited so RSVP now by calling my Capitol office at 573-751-6845 #NorthCountyExcellence
Mentors can help encourage positive choices, promote high self-esteem, support academic achievement and introduce new ideas. A mentor can also prepare you for a professional career and assist with workplace skills by: -Helping set career goals and taking the steps to realize them. -Using personal contacts to help you network with industry professionals, find internships, and locate possible jobs. -Introduce you to resources and organizations they may not be familiar with. -Skills for seeking a job, interviewing for a job, and keeping a job. ... See MoreSee Less
2020 Census Hiring in St. Louis County Let’s help ensure a complete and accurate count of North St. Louis County. The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting workers for temporary jobs available in advance of the 2020 Census. The pay rate per hour is $15.50 – $23.50 in St. Louis County. Census takers also receive reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses, where applicable. Learn more and apply online at 2020census.gov/en/jobs/pay-and-locations.html for more information. #2020CensusJobs #NorthCountyExcellence #2020Census... See MoreSee Less
Joined the panel discussion on #TWMP & spoke about the need to address the root causes of gun violence in our neighborhoods, why Auditor Nicole Galloway is the best choice for Governor, and recent House Democratic special election successes. Check out the full episode here: youtu.be/OcRllNQw2PI... See MoreSee Less