Voting Rights And The Struggle For Democracy: The 50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act Of 1965

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Voting Rights And The Struggle For Democracy: The 50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act Of 1965
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Join us for a daylong conference hosted in partnership with campus and community partners. Signed into law in August 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act represented the second of the civil rights movement’s two greatest legislative achievements—and a major step toward the “new birth of freedom” promised by President Abraham Lincoln a century earlier.

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks by
Vice President Walter Mondale

9 a.m. Panel
How the Vote was Won and Lost—Historical Context for the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Joe Lowndes, associate professor, University of Oregon
Keith Mayes, associate professor, University of Minnesota
August Nimtz, professor, University of Minnesota
Barbara Welke, professor of History and Law, University of Minnesota Law School

11 a.m.
Screening of excerpts from documentary, Eyes on the Prize

Noon Lunch

1:30 p.m. Panel
Winning the Right to Vote—The Struggle from Selma to Washington and Beyond

Charles Fager, activist and scholar
Charles McDew, former chair, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Metro State University
Sidney Milkis, professor, University of Virginia
Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, civil rights leader, author

4 p.m. Panel
The Struggle Continues—Voting Rights from 1965 to the Present

William Crotty, professor, Northeastern University
Mike Griffin, FairVote Minnesota
Erin O’Brien, associate professor, University of Massachusetts
Christopher Uggen, professor, University of Minnesota

6 p.m. Reception
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By: Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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