Thank you to those who attended the very interesting Facebook Live streaming event “Registration, Education, and Voting: Black Women and Voting Activism in Oregon 1913-1916” on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m.
ICYMI In case you missed it, the Roseburg Public Library has posted the recording of the event on their Facebook page.
Hattie Redmond (1862-1952)
Harriet “Hattie” Redmond was a leader in the long struggle for Oregon woman suffrage, especially during the successful campaign of 1912. The right to vote was especially important to Redmond as a Black woman living in a state that had codified Black exclusion laws in its constitution.
Redmond’s work for voting rights helped lay the groundwork for the Black Civil Rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. Her parents, Reuben and LaVinia “Vina” Crawford, were emancipated slaves who instilled their quest for freedom and full citizenship in their daughter. Hattie helped bring those dreams to fruition through her civic activism.