Carnegie Hall Festival on the 1960s: Voting Rights Then and Now
NYU School of Law's D'Agostino Hall: Lipton Hall
108 West 3rd Street
(between Macdougal and Sullivan)
New York, NY 10012
6:00 p.m. - Check-in
6:30 p.m. - Program
A half century after the Voting Rights Act guaranteed the franchise to all Americans, access to this fundamental right is once again under siege. How did a group of great citizens drive the enactment of the Voting Rights Act? How did the legislation work to secure access to the ballot? Why is its pledge once again under attack?
In an extraordinary and relevant conversation, legendary television journalist Bill Moyers — who served as one of President Lyndon Johnson’s top aides during the civil rights era — will discuss the epochal events of the “Second Reconstruction.” He will be joined by two leaders of the current fight for democracy and veterans of courtrooms across the country in the fight against voter suppression — Kristen Clarke of the National Lawyers' Committee and Myrna Pérez of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program.
Kristen Clarke, President & Executive Director, National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Bill Moyers, President, Schumann Media Center
Myrna Pérez, Deputy Director, Brennan Center's Democracy Program and leader of the Center’s Voting Rights and Elections project
This event is part of Carnegie Hall’s The ’60s: The Years that Changed America festival.