October 20, 2008

Media and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Monday, October 20, 2008
6:00 pm
New York

In Person

Haynes Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winner for his coverage of the Selma protests; Nick Kotz, author, Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws that Changed America; Rep. John R. Lewis (D-GA), a leader in the voting rights struggle; Diane Nash, recipient of the Rosa Parks Award and the LBJ Award for Leadership in Civil Rights; Dan Rather, Host, HDNet, Dan Rather Reports, and former CBS News Anchor; Richard Valeriani, former NBC News correspondent who covered the Civil Rights Movement; Ambassador Andrew Young, civil rights leader and former Congressman

As we anticipate the largest turnout in history of African-American voters and mark the centennial of LBJ's birth, we will focus on the historic significance of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the role media played in facilitating its passage. A remarkable panel of people who made or recorded history will share their firsthand knowledge of the Selma march and other events leading up to this landmark law that transformed the political landscape of the South and laid the foundation for this year's presidential election. 

Copresented with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Funding for the Politics: Past, Present, & Future series has been provided by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Additional funding for this event was made possible by the Wallace Foundation.


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