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Race, Politics & Citizenship: The Voting Rights Act at 50

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Join me for The Local Take, Saturday morning, November 7 at 7:00 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK as we highlight an important upcoming dialogue.   The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University presents Race, Politics & Citizenship: The Voting Rights Act at 50. I speak with Dr. Andra Gillespie about this community event taking place on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 4:00 p.m. at The Oxford Road Presentation Auditorium.

Dr. Gillespie provides us with an overview of the Voting Rights Act and elaborates on Shelby County vs. Holder.  She outlines what congress can do to make the the intent of the Voting Rights Act back into law again. Dr. Gillespie provides context and historical perspective on the the law at 50 and invites the community to join academicians and the James Weldon Johnson Fellows as they discuss the future of the Voting Rights Act.

I ask Dr. Gillespie about the role of academia in the time of the Black Lives Matter movement and she explains why their voice is very much needed.  Join the conversation taking place on November 10.  The event is open to the public and recommended for all ages with an interest in Race, Politics and Citizenship.

Race, Politics & Citizenship: The Voting Rights Act at 50TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015, 4 – 5:30PM EST

Click here for more information and directions for this event

Click here for more information on the James Weldon Johnson Institute