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Retracing the Struggle, Part II: The Social and Political Impact of the Voting Rights Act

This symposium, presented by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, hosted by Boston College, and titled “Retracing the Struggle: The Legacy of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” observes the anniversary of one of the key pieces of legislature that has shaped democracy in the United States, a law eliminating discriminatory election practices and thereby enforcing the rights granted to all American citizens under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Part two of three focuses on the ways in which the Voting Rights Act transformed (or, in some cases, has failed to transform) the American social and political fabric—especially in its impact on race and class relations—and the ways in which those changes are still playing out today. The panelists are Abigail Thernstrom, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; and Patricia Williams, a law professor at Columbia University and a columnist for the Nation. Boston College professor of political science Alan Wolfe, the director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, moderates.

The panel is introduced by Cullen Murphy, managing editor of the Atlantic Monthly and a member of the board of the Massachusetts Foundation of the Humanities.

Presenter(s): Abigail Thernstrom, Patricia Williams, Alan Wolfe

Date: October 29, 2005

Location: Robsham Theater, Boston College

Sponsor(s): Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities; hosted by Boston College

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/retracing2/

The information on this page is accurate as of October 2005