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Program ‘A Time to Act’ Celebrating Voting Rights 50th Anniversary at Peoria Lincoln Branch Library August 6th

A discussion of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act will take place from 6-7 pm on Thursday, August 6 at the Peoria Lincoln Branch Library, 1312 West  Lincoln Avenue, Peoria, 61605.

The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria, the Peoria NAACP and the Peoria ACLU chapter.

Leaders from these groups will make brief presentations, and the League will register voters at the event.

The program includes talks on Voting Rights by Appellate Court Justice Mary McDade and Carol May, retired ICC Social Sciences Department chair at Illinois Central College. She now leads study groups and discussions on civil rights for community groups.

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) has an illustrious history, but its future is uncertain. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key part of the VRA leading to an attack on the voting rights of American citizens in many states. Despite public outcry since the Supreme Court’s decision, Congress has ignored widespread voter discrimination and the will of the American people. Every day that Congress fails to repair the VRA, Americans are in danger of increased barriers at the polls.