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Community Conversation: Celebrating The Voting Rights Act of 1965: The Premiere of Selma’s Golden Anniversary.
August 5, 2015 | 2:30 PMFree
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 l FREE l 6:30 pm
August 6 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of The Voting Rights Act of 1965, accelerated by the atrocities of the March 7, 1965 Selma, Alabama march, also known as “Bloody Sunday”, as hundreds gathered in peaceful demonstration to acquire voting rights for Blacks in the U.S.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Act is considered to be the most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted in the country, signed into law by former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Congress later amended the Act five times to expand its protections. Designed to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution, the Act resulted in the mass enfranchisement of racial minorities throughout the country, especially in the South.
Selma’s Golden Anniversary is a film that examines the celebration in Alabama and gives context to today’s voting rights issues and challenges for Selma and raises debate and dialogue on voting rights in North Carolina as well.
Producer-Director Steve Crump presents his 34th documentary which addresses historical contributions and events of African Americans.
Prior to the program or after the film with brief Q and A with Crump, guests will be able to view the mural Selma by Alabama artist Barbara Pennington in the Mint’s Contemporary and Modern Art Galleries.
Film length: 30:00.