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‘New-Age Women’s Suffrage Movement’: At Ga. Capitol, Group Urges Black Women To Use Voting Power

Hundreds with The Links, Incorporated gathered Tuesday at the Georgia Capitol to discuss the voting power of black women.
Hundreds with The Links, Incorporated gathered Tuesday at the Georgia Capitol to discuss the voting power of black women.
Credit Lisa Rayam / WABE

Hundreds of women who belong to a national women’s service organization –known as The Links, Incorporated — paid an annual visit to the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday.

They were there to rally and encourage black women to use their voting power during Georgia’s 2020 presidential primary and other state elections.

Georgia will have elections for two U.S. Senate seats in 2020, including a special election ballot in November between newly appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins. Democrats also jumping into the race include Pastor Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church and entrepreneur Matt Lieberman, the son of former vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman.

“Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam caught up with one of the organizers, Jada Manggrum, who spoke about what she calls a “new-age women’s suffrage movement” and issues that get lost in the noise during a high-stakes election year.