Today Marks The Anniversary Of The 14th Amendment
On July 9, 1868 the 14th Amendment to the Constitution
was ratified, granting citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the U. S,” including slaves. This is a very important amendment, especially for African Americans in this country. It was added to our nations Constitution to uphold the human rights of African Americans.
No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Before this amendment was implemented, slave and black codes from the 1600's to early 1800's where law. The main reason for these codes was to keep Black people from making money and gaining wealth, with no rights, no protection and certainly no freedom. Below is a wonderful, teachable video explaining the 14th Amendment in simple terms everyone can understand. Enjoy!