Inside SB 202 and the latest accusations of voter suppression in Georgia
Georgia was the first state to blow the whistle against voting rights. For almost five days now, protests have been stirring on Georgia's streets, and across social media from civil rights groups who are enthusiastic about challenging SB 202 in Georgia's senate, which was signed on March 25, 2021.
According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, this bill "restricts voting at every stage" and targets Black voters. The new law will give the state more control over the elections and inhibit voting through the mail.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that after signing the voting restrictions, Georgia's Republican governor Brian Kemp said, "Significant reforms to our state elections were needed. There's no doubt there were many alarming issues with how the election was handled, and those problems, understandably, led to a crisis of confidence in the ballot box here in Georgia."
Billie Holiday was one of the most controversial and influential artists of her time. On April 7, 1915, Holiday was born to a teenaged mother and an estranged father. So, early in her life, she faced challenges. At ten or eleven years old, she was reportedly sexually assaulted, according to Biography.com. They added that, “she found solace in music, singing along to the records of Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong.”
After following her mother to New York City, she began singing in night clubs, where she would be discovered at 18 years old. This set the stage for a promising career. In 1937, she joined Count Basie’s band with Lester Young, whom she affectionately dubbed “Prez” because she saw him as the President of the saxophone, Biography.com wrote.
She went on to join Artie Shaw’s band. As a member of the band, Holiday faced racial discrimination from white promoters who did not want to see a Black woman perform.
Yet, this did not stop Holiday.
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