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Symposium Discusses Power in the Black Vote

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U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson is keynote speaker at The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture’s symposium, “E.D. Nixon Institute Phase II: African Americans and the Transformative Power of the Ballot.”
 
The event, free and open to the public, is on Tuesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome Banquet Room.
 
Thompson’s discussion is aligned with the program’s focus, which is assessing how African-American voting power has helped to transform the American landscape and how this unique voting power has the potential to move America toward its promises of equality for all citizens.
 
‚Äč“ASU has been involved in voting rights for decades,” said Dr. Dorothy Autrey, program chair for the National Center at ASU.  “ASU became the center of events surrounding the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March as they took place in Montgomery. Today, we understand that the black vote is a factor in our progress.”'
 
Program highlights include honoring ASU civil rights activists who took part in the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights campaign, as well as announcing the launch of the National Center’s Voting Rights Research Repository Project (VRRRP).
 
“The VRRRP will build collections and serve as a repository of information pertaining to voting rights,” said Autrey.
 
The E.D. Nixon Institute for Research and Cultural, founded in 2001 by the National Center, is named in honor of Montgomery native and pioneering civil rights advocate E.D. Nixon.
 
For more information, call 334-229-4824 or 334-229-4106.

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