A Juneteenth Lesson on Voting Rights


Try This One Weird Trick for Denying the Right to Vote On this Juneteenth holiday, let me introduce you to Dr. Lonnie Smith. He was a dentist living in Houston’s Fifth Ward in the 1940s. Dr. Smith wanted to vote in the 1940 Democratic Party primary elections in Harris County. This was important, considering Democrats dominated Texas politics at the time, as they did in the other Southern states. The winners in the primary would effectively be the winners in the general election. But Dr. Smith could not vote in the primary for one simple reason: He was an African-American. […]