A cadre of Black women has been engaged in a revived wave of voting
rights advocacy four years after the historic election of the nation's
first black president. Provoked by voting law changes in various states,
they have decided to help voters navigate the system — a fitting role,
they say, given that black women had the highest turnout of any group of
voters in 2008.
Customarily, a national political convention has several purposes—it
must establish the party’s platform, emphasize its differences in policy
and vision from the other party, and nominate its presidential
candidate. It must also fire up the base and leave the convention with
momentum. Here last week, the Democratic National Convention
succeeded on all these aims, and speaker after speaker took turns
stoking the crowd, creating frenzy, and putting their Republican
opponents’ feet to the fire.
In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention,
former President Bill Clinton proclaimed Wednesday night, "I know we're
coming back" from the worst economic mess in generations and appealed
to hard-pressed Americans to stick with Barack Obama for a second term
in the White House.