On Tuesday, April 23, 2019 the MBLLC shared a finalized resolution with the world in a celebration of the U.S Constitutions 15th amendment. The resolution, originally announced on March 12th of the same year, commemorates the 150th anniversary of Massachusetts' ratification of the landmark amendment.
The amendment extended voting rights to adult males over the age of 20 regardless of “race, color or previous condition of servitude." This pivotal moment in voting rights history would later be followed by the 19th amendment which extended voting rights to previously disenfranchised women.
The bipartisan effort was led by MBLLC Chair Carlos González , Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, Senator Joanne Comerford, and the MBLLC. After all signatures were collected, the resolution featured 63 cosponsors from Legislators representing communities from throughout the Commonwealth.
A PDF version of the press release and the resolution are included below.
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