2009 Fifth Ward City Council candidate

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Women of color wield decisive power in this election

 
Voter ID, marriage amendment impact Black women
News Analysis

By Dwight Hobbes 


Contributing Writer

 

Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy for president, it goes without saying, motivated the highest rate of voter registration among African Americans since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Whether Obama can be re-elected assumes a twofold premise: that Blacks automatically vote Democrat, and that his running would inevitably draw enough votes to make victory a lock for the Democratic Party.
Advocate-activist Kenya McKnight, a 2012-13 Humphrey Policy Fellow

and 2013 Bush Fellow, was a 2009 Fifth Ward City Council candidate in Minneapolis. She comments, “Because women make up the largest numbers in America, [they] have the ability to influence policy on many levels that impact birth rights, families and infrastructures of our communities.  

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Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy for president, it goes without saying, motivated the highest rate of voter registration among African Americans since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Whether Obama can be re-elected assumes a twofold premise: that Blacks automatically vote Democrat, and that his running would inevitably draw enough votes to make victory a lock for the Democratic Party. Continue Reading →

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