Getting to the Point with Congressman John Lewis
A discussion on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
Getting to the Point with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA): 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
Monday, July 20, 2015, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Columbia Point
Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon, joined the Institute in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The program gave the history of the Act and an overview of the climate in the 1960s, including the political and legislative battles, that led to its passage. It also highlighted the current state of voting and civic engagement across the U.S.
Each fall, Mass Humanities brings a stellar group of scholars, journalists, and public officials together for a series of public conversations examining fundamental aspects of our democratic culture. This year, leading scholars Danielle Allen and Jill Lepore will explore the role of historians in society, and the importance of history in a democracy.
Innovative education leader Geoffrey Canada, president and founder of Harlem Children’s Zone, is the inaugural speaker for the Stone Social Impact Forum, a new signature series highlighting civic change agents who advance social change and innovatively address areas of inequality in our society.
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