Nurturing the Roots: 90for90 and Black Political Power July 15, 2016
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Dr. William Ferguson Reid has been at the vanguard of the fight for voting rights since 1955, the year he and other activists launched their battle against racist voting restrictions in the state of Virginia.
That was the era of poll taxes, literacy tests, and ballot stuffing. Segregation was the law of the land, and hate groups such as the Klu Klux Klan were far more active and dangerous than today.
Despite these challenges, Reid became the first African American elected to the Virginia General Assembly since Reconstruction. With that victory he paved the way for greater African American political participation in the state.
Reid continues his sixty year struggle today through 90for90, a voting rights campaign that seeks to engage activists across the country.