FORUM: The Right to Vote and the Rockford Connection
Fisher Memorial Chapel
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, Illinois 61108
League of Women Voters
Rockford University Box Office
Wednesday, February 5
"The Right to Vote and the Rockford Connection"
Lathrop returns (as portrayed by Amy Nyman) to explain
more about the role students at Rockford Female Seminary (now Rockford
University) played in working for voting rights. Catherine Forslund, Ph.D.,
dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and chair of the History Department
at Rockford University, will review historical events leading to the passage of
the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Marissa Leibling, LLD, staff attorney at the
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and who leads the Voting
Rights Project, will discuss the current and future impact of the Supreme Court
decision of June 2013 that overturned several sections of the 1965 Voting
Rights Act. There will be an opportunity to register to vote at this event. A
reception will be held at 6 p.m., with the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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