Voter Suppression Then and Now- Discussion at the Jones Library

Amherst, MA – Explore some of the history of voter suppression in this country and take a look at the current state of things at this presentation by Jim Lemkin on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library.

In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was enacted, marking the beginning of the end of voter suppression and disenfranchisement of blacks and people of color in the United States. However, in 2013, a key provision of the Voting Rights Act was struck down opening the doors to a vast array of new obstacles.

This slide presentation and discussion follows the work of a handful of students, moved by compassion and the call to action for social justice by going to Mississippi to help register black voters during Christmas vacation in 1965. Discussion will also explore the consequences of the 2013 repeal of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. More than 50 years later, what has changed?

Jim Lemkin was a volunteer photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He traveled the rural roads of Mississippi in 1965 documenting the earliest efforts to legally register previously disenfranchised black voters.

Free and open to the public. For more information about this event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

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