4. March 2013 09:00
by Tammi Sharpe
The Right to Vote was one of the major grievances of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. For many of the foot soldiers it was a key motivation for joining the Movement. In recognition of the 48th anniversary of Bloody Sunday when protests marched in Selma, AL for the Right to Vote, this week we will provide quotes from foot soldiers on the importance of voting rights and personal stories on how these rights were being violated.
As a young child I remember both my parents having to take a test to vote. I remember them discussing having to pay poll taxes and it was like I felt that it was so unfair that you had to take a test as a citizen of this country in order to have the right to vote; this was something that I refused that I would have to do and when the movement came along about civil rights and equal rights for all Americans. I felt that this was something that I was going to be a part of. This was just another aspect in my life that I was going to be part about: bringing about positive change within the Birmingham system.