In Alabama, black women saved America from itself – as they’ve always tried to do | Charlene White

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African-American women came out in droves and voted 98% against Roy Moore, preventing what could have been a huge wrong

Black women have been trying to save America from itself for generations. So the breakdown of who voted in Alabama’s Senate election this week come as no surprise. Since as far back as the 19th century, African American women have been fighting for civil rights; they have always been front and centre in terms of mobilising support for equality and justice. Though it would not be surprising if you’ve never heard their stories – by and large black female trailblazers have tended to be erased from history.

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