New Orleans, La | "Selma: The Bridge To The Ballot" Screening

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In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and in order to raise awareness of its continued importance in the fight against voter suppression today, join us for a free film screening of The Bridge to the Ballot, a film from Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A recent article in The Nation Magazine highlighted similarities between Selma in 1965 and present-day Southern states, saying both "show the lengths conservative white Southerners will go to maintain their political power. The billy clubs and literacy tests of yesteryear have been replaced by subtler and more sophisticated attempts to control who can participate in the political process."

This troubling comparison shows the importance of understanding the history of the fight for voting rights in the US.

The Bridge to the Ballot is the true story of the forgotten heroes in the fight for voting rights—the courageous students and teachers of Selma, Alabama, who stood up against injustice despite facing intimidation, arrests and violence. By organizing and marching bravely, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era.

The sacrifices of those who fought so hard for equality should never be forgotten. In the 2012 presidential election, more than 90 million eligible voters did not go to the polls. In the 18–24 age group, only six out of 10 voted. And, in 2014, voter turnout dropped to a 72-year low.

This 40-minute film, narrated by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, is a crucial reminder that each of us has the ability to bring about powerful social change and will help inspire young people and communities across the nation to exercise their right to participate in our democracy.

Learn more about the film by visiting http://selma.splcenter.org/
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By: Southern Poverty Law Center

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