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VRA at 50: A Public Conversation and Unity Reception

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Event Date(s): 
Friday, March 6, 2015 (All day) - Saturday, March 7, 2015 (All day)

Selma 1965 Marchers

On Sunday, March 7, 1965, hundreds of extraordinary people were brutally attacked by Alabama State Troopers as they marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to protest racial discrimination in voting. The events of “Bloody Sunday,” as that Sunday became known, led Congress to enact the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), which is one of the greatest pieces of civil rights legislation ever passed.

For nearly 50 years, Section 5 of the VRA served as our democracy’s discrimination checkpoint in protecting a millions of voters of color from racial discrimination. In 2013, however, the U.S. Supreme Court shamefully declared Section 5 of the VRA unconstitutional, leaving voters of color across the nation more vulnerable to racial discrimination. LDF and its partners in Alabama and across the country are fighting to restore that vital protection and actively using the remaining VRA tools to defend and expand our democracy. We invite you to join us.

Click here to learn about LDF's litigation to protect the right of
extraordinary people to march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015 7:00 pm

A PUBLIC CONVERSATION:
“CHAOS OR COMMUNITY?”

with a leading Radio Host

MARK THOMPSON
NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyers
and Special Guests

CONCORDIA COLLEGE AUDITORIUM

1712 Broad Street,

Selma, Alabama 36701

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015

12:30 pm Directly following the
“Living Legends” Workshop

VOTING WORKSHOP:
“REPRESENTING THE MOVEMENT:
THE LAWYER LEGENDS OF BLOODY SUNDAY
AND THE ONGOING FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY”
with NAACP LDF lawyers and Special Guests
HISTORIC DALLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE,
2nd Floor Courtroom 105
Lauderdale Street, Selma, Alabama

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015

VRA@50 UNITY RECEPTION

hosted by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Directly following
President Barack Obama’s address

HISTORIC BROWN CHAPEL A.M.E. CHURCH

Leodis Strong, Pastor

410 Martin Luther King Street,
Selma, Alabama

 

Download a palm card here.

For more information, contact: Ryan Haygood, Deputy Director of Litigation NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. at 212.965.2235