Events which occurred when God commissioned me to register to vote!!!!

By: Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons

Scripture: Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.  For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee (Isaiah 41:9-13).

During the time, as in the present, there were forces determined to make sure that African American citizens could not exercise their right to vote. After God engineered our rights to do so, Mr. Henry Carroll, now deceased first principal of Carroll High School, called a faculty meeting one evening after school and “set up” a group of volunteers to go with him to become registered voters. During those times, white citizens represented our voters’ districts while living as secluded from us as possible. We were mostly separated from them by open fields and railroad tracks.
For some reason, unknown to me at that time, my hand did not move as a volunteer to participate in their registrations. Afterwards, I was ashamed because I felt I was displaying cowardice which caused my stomach to become sort of “queasy” and I became very conscious stricken.

Mr. Carroll and his group of volunteer teachers registered without any problems. Well, several days afterwards, God told me it was my time to go register to vote. I tried to question Him after He called me to preach as did Jeremiah when He called Him to preach to His people (Jeremiah 1and 2). He had called me, a female, several years earlier to become a preacher of His gospel-a feat totally unheard of, still questioned and denied by some non-believers, today.

I had already been voter preparation active in my classroom by teaching my students how to register to vote when they came of age and made sure that they were amply prepared to teach their parents, family members, neighbors, friends, etc. to do so, also. After all, I was certified by the state of Louisiana as a Social Studies instructor among other certifications.
Many so-called legalized barriers had been activated to deny African American citizens their right to vote: Such as: one had to know their age in years, months, days, and amply display knowledge to answer any question concerning the Louisiana State Constitution asked by the Registrar of voters. This writer is still wondering why the prospective African American voter was not forced to include the number of hours of their births, minutes and seconds to their illegally contrived registration barriers…