The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy. Since the nation's inception, however, barriers have denied many, especially women and people of color, from exercising this right. Indeed, the history of voting rights in America has been a tug of war among those seeking to expand and others seeking to restrict access to the vote.
Join us as we continue our tribute to the patriotism of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment through an exploration of the history of race and voting rights in this country. Bring your voice to this timely conversation about ways in which the legacies of our layered and tangled voting history continue to shape the policy and practice of this essential freedom.
Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Executive Director of MassVOTE and 1st Vice President of NAACP Boston Branch.
Rahsaan D. Hall, Director of the Racial Justice Program for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.
Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University.
Moderated by Karen Holmes Ward, WCVB Director of Public Affairs and Host of “CityLine.”
Introduction by Karilyn Crockett, Chief of Equity, City of Boston
For more information on the Restoration of the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial, please visit: www.shaw54thmemorialrestoration.org. This event is non-partisan and open to the public.