African-American Voters Turn Out

Recalling a Baltimore civil rights leader.

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I'm sitting here watching the huge turnout numbers for black voters, and thinking of Lillie Mae Jackson, the great late civil rights leader from Baltimore, where I learned my craft as a political reporter.

Lillie Mae had a saying about African-Americans who didn't bother to register and vote. They were "beggars sitting on bags of gold," she liked to say. Somewhere, Lillie Mae is smiling tonight. Her beggars have found their gold.