Voting Rights Act

Saturday morning at 8:00am on The Local Take on WCLK I spoke with Hank Thomas, one of the original 13 Freedom Riders from 1961. Hank Thomas and the other Freedom Riders rode Greyhound and Trailways interstate buses through the South to protest the non-enforcement of  federal integration laws.  They were beaten, threatened and arrested along the way. Th0mas was also one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). 

Georgia and Atlanta will hold a General Primary Election, Non-Partisan General Election, and a Special Runoff Election on Tuesday, May 24. The deadline to register to vote in the May 24 election is Tuesday, April 26th.  Saturday morning at 7am on The Local Take on WCLK  I'll talk with Karlise Grier from The League of Women Voters Atlanta-Fulton County. They are celebrating 95 years in support of informed voting.  When women were granted the right to vote, the League of Women Voters was formed to educate women about their rights and inform them about candidates and legislation. Today The League of Women Voters is still very active, providing registration opportunities and election guides to all people.  

Yoichi Okamoto - Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

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.