Within the last one hundred years, laws passed by state legislatures denied a significant number of American citizens basic civil rights. Fed up with the blatant conflict between America's promise and America's reality, courageous Americans of all backgrounds gathered together across the country to begin to put an end to legal discrimination. One of results of the tremendous efforts of those brave people was the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
On July 2, we'll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of that landmark legislation. In honor of the Act's 50th anniversary, we're proud to welcome longtime JYD speaker/mentor Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a participant in the struggle, to talk to us about how far we've come and how far we have to go. We will be excited to present Dorothy with this year's JYD Margin of Victory award, so please come show her your support!
The year after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Although the Act was a watershed moment in our Nation's history, recent events in our own state demonstrate the ongoing threats to our right to vote. Tracie Davis, Duval County's Deputy Supervisor of Elections, will talk to us about those challenges; specifically, Tracie will tell us about the continual threats to the voting rights of young people and how to protect our vote!
119 E Bay St
Jacksonville, FL 32202
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