Could You Pass the Literacy Tests Given to Black People Registering to Vote in 1964?: Critical Linking, September 21

Sponsored by The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr

It was the height of the Jim Crow era, and systemic racism held non-white people back in almost every aspect of their lives. An inability to vote was one way that the black population was cut out of the democratic process.

In theory African-Americans were allowed to vote – but in practice, a huge number of totally unfair obstacles were placed in their way.

One of the biggest barriers to people being able to vote was the voter registration test. The tests varied from state to state, but typically involved a multiple choice exam on state and federal politics and history, and a literacy test.

Of course you couldn’t pass it, they were designed to allow the giver to fail you no matter what you answered.

The heroine of Hank Green’s debut novel, “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing,” is an art student in New York City named April May, who finds herself at the center of a vast international mystery. One day, April stumbles on a giant robot sculpture in Midtown Manhattan, and makes a video with the figure, which goes viral. She becomes famous as news spreads that similar sculptures have mysteriously appeared in dozens of cities, and people around the world struggle to understand where the figures came from and what they mean.

John Green’s brother Hank is publishing his first novel.

Pakistan’s newest female superhero has vowed to battle venal officials and protect battered women, as her creator tries to inspire the next generation to fight injustice in a deeply patriarchal society.

The new Pakistan Girl comic series is based on Sarah, a regular teenager with a pet cat, who discovers she has superhuman powers after waking from a coma caused by a blast in her village.


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