In October of 1926, months before an upcoming Texas election, Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon’s lawsuit Nixon v. Herndon against Texas Democrats made its way to the US Supreme Court for the first time. Dr. Nixon had paid his poll tax to vote in Democratic Party elections two years prior, as was his Constitutional right. He was rejected from the polls on account of a state law that prohibited Black people from voting in Democratic primaries.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Dr. Nixon’s right to vote in Democratic primaries. In lock step, the all-white, all-male Texas Legislature called…

Christina Liu Puentes

Christina is a graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.

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