On Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m, a distinguished panel of Civil Rights experts will discuss the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965—and Supreme Court’s recent decision to invalidate key parts of the Voting Rights Act.
The program is free. Enter through the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue. You can also watch on our Ustream channel.
Panelists include Carol Moseley Braun, former Senator from Illinois; Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman for the District of Columbia; Charles Ferris, Senator Mansfield’s Chief Counsel during the debate about the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act; and political strategist Michael Steele.
Todd Purdum, nationally recognized political journalist and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, will moderate.
The panel will examine the political challenges and debate that resulted in this groundbreaking legislation while giving a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to pass both acts. They will analyze the impact of these laws as we near their 50-year anniversaries, and the panel will also discuss the Supreme Court’s recent decision to invalidate key parts of the Voting Rights Act.
Presented in celebration of the upcoming December opening of the David M. Rubenstein Gallery "Records of Rights" permanent exhibition, and in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.
Image: Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Leaders of the march.], 08/28/1963. National Archives Identifier: 542000