Originally Printed on Ozy.com Written by: Nick Fouriezos She comes from a family of farmers who worked the soil of the Black Belt in Alabama, growing vegetables and, yes, cotton, although her grandfather’s real cash crop was probably moonshine. She grew up in Selma, with history that could not be forgotten, and her activism started in an everyday setting: Working at a clothing store as a young college dropout mother, she turned her gig into a soapbox when customers asked her what she was reading behind the counter. Through it all, she sang: spirituals and freedom songs, gospel and Americana, with that “dirty voice” — raspy, soulful — her Auburn University teachers had tried to clean up. “There is a heaviness to my voice,” she says, and to her work too. LaTosha Brown is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, a social welfare nonprofit formed in 2016 to, among other things, expand African American voter engagement. At a time when people of color face [...]
Black Voters Matter Fund Co-Founder LaTosha Brown On Voter Suppression, Black Women Remaining Undefeated, And The Strength Of The Movement
Originally Printed on Madame Noire Written by Charise Frazier “Somebody just texted me, I’m a little—that LeBron James tweeted something about me. And I love him,” LaTosha Brown, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund (BVMF) said in the middle of her interview with MadameNoire over the phone. While her excitement is palpable over the phone, the reasoning behind the NBA superstar’s tweet is quite the opposite. Brown, whose organization is dedicated to bolster rights and access for Black voters, was the recent victim of voter suppression on Tuesday during Georgia’s primary, tweeting that she spent three hours at the polls. On Tuesday Georgia, along with Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and West Virginia, held the first major step in a long line of events leading to Election Day in November. But Brown wasn’t the only one. And her encounter with voting in Atlanta was shared by many Georgians who felt triggered by previous voting experiences. In 2016 with the election of Donald Trump, [...]
The George Floyd Protests Feel ‘Very Different’ Than Past Police Brutality Demonstrations, Says Black Voters Matter Fund Co-Founder Crowds of mourners paid their respects to George Floyd over a six-hour public viewing Monday in Houston, as the nation continued its reckoning over its history with structural racism in policing and beyond. To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by LaTosha Brown, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund. Latosha Brown interview begins at the 3 minute mark.