FORUM: The Right to Vote and the Rockford Connection
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FORUM: The Right to Vote and the Rockford Connection


When: 2/5/2014
6:00 PM
Where: Fisher Memorial Chapel
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, Illinois  61108
United States
League of Women Voters
Rockford University Box Office

Phone: 815-226-4100

Wednesday, February 5
6 p.m.
Fisher Memorial Chapel

"The Right to Vote and the Rockford Connection"

Julia 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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