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Emory Douglas (b. 1943) Black Panther Party: I am a Revolutionary, 1969 2000.6 The Amistad Center for Art & Culture

Encounters: The Voting Rights Act

Saturday, September 16, 10am-1 pm

Amistad Center for Art & Culture
at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103

The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute have formed a community engagement partnership to present Encounters, a series focused on encouraging informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives. The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves, and to develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue.

Please join us for a dialogue about the Voting Rights Act and the power of the individual vote.  Our discussion will take place in the galleries of the special exhibition 30 for 30. This exhibition is built upon 30 episodes, objects, or realities that pushed individuals to make choices which ultimately transformed the country. Work by a group of artists that includes Lorna Simpson, Jacob Lawrence, David Washington, Hank Willis Thomas, and Virginia Evans Smit enhances the exhibition’s study of critical episodes from the nation’s founding to the election of its first Black president.

Explore with us the significance of voting as an effective way to register civic opinion and belief, and revisit the challenges in establishing specific rights to vote. Douglas M. Spencer, UConn Professor of Law and Public Policy, will be available to answer contextualizing questions.

Read the Voting Rights Act here. Discussion will focus on Section 2 (both the original 1965 language and the amended language from 1982) and Section 5.

RSVP to faculty@wadsworthathenuem.org

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