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50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: Still Fighting for the Vote

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Date:
February 25, 2015
Time:
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Weems Auditorium-1078

Organizer

BLSA
Email:
ctlee@go.olemiss.edu

Who Can Attend?: Anyone

Description:
Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and what that means today. This Act made it easier for blacks to register to vote by eliminating literacy tests, poll taxes, and other requirements that were used to restrict black voting. However, in 2013 the Supreme Court struck down a core provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, just as numerous states were passing restrictive voter identification laws likely to suppress the turnout of black and poor citizens.

Come join an honest discussion with attorneys and scholars about the impact of this law and the effects it had on the Voting Rights Act of 1965!