Why It Matters

Black Alabamians and the Vote is a program and podcast series exploring electoral engagement administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Black Alabamians and the Vote is a six-episode program and podcast series, part of a national initiative exploring civic participation as it relates to electoral engagement in a multivocal democracy. With sister organizations in 42 other states and territories, AHA is sharing in a $1.96 million award by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Hosted by Tonya Scott Williams of Montgomery and featuring original poetry and readings by Project Poet Ashley M. Jones of Birmingham, each WHY IT MATTERS episode explores a different part of the long story of Black voters’ struggle for full participation in the electoral process in Alabama over time.

Humanities scholars Tara White, Bryan Fair, Scotty Kirkland, Hasan Jeffries and Karlyn Forner will shed light on lesser-known stories in interviews conducted by the host and by responding to listeners’ questions during the live-streamed events. Each recorded session will be fashioned into podcast episodes and will be accessible on this web page in future.

Join us via Facebook Live on event dates and stay tuned for links to podcast episodes of recorded conversations shedding light on just some of the struggles faced over time by African Americans desiring full participation as citizens of Alabama.