Does My Voice Count? Voter Suppression Then and Now

By sfrye
February 25th, 2019 - 9:37pm

Opening Reception
Photos and Discussion presented by Jim Lemkin
Historical and Political Context by Professors Walter Turner and Yolanda Bellisimo

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
11:10 am to 12:30 pm
Fusselman Hall 120

Photography Exhibit
Friday, February 1 - Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Learning Center 2nd Floor Lobby

In 50 years, what’s changed? In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was enacted marking the beginning of the end of voter suppression and disenfranchisement of blacks and people of color in the U.S.

Within weeks, the National Student Association, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and the Congress of Racial Equality issued a call to students to come to Mississippi to help register black voters during the 1965 Christmas vacation. It was called Mississippi Freedom Christmas.

Jim Lemkin, a volunteer photographer for SNCC, traveled the rural roads of Tylertown, Mississippi with a group of northern college students getting the word out that voter suppression was now illegal. Against a backdrop of southern resentment and hostility, students went door to door informing black residents of Walthall County that they could now register to vote (most for the first time in their lives) and bringing them to a Federal registrar to complete the voter registration process.

Join us for a slide show & discussion This 2-part presentation first documents in pictures the efforts of a handful of students moved by compassion and the call to action for social justice. We then explore the consequences of the rollback of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

Sponsored by the College of Marin Umoja CommunityCheck out the event flyeror learn more here! 

​The Opening Reception and Photography Exhibit are free and open to the public. No registration required.