From the nation’s founding in 1776 to women’s suffrage in 1919, from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to modern-day voter ID laws, voting rights have a complicated history in America. "Who Gets to Vote?" is a thoughtful reading and discussion series exploring how voting rights history intersects with the present.
"Who Gets to Vote?" is a program of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities as part of the "A More Perfect Union" initiative, which is designed to demonstrate and enhance the critical role the humanities play in our nation and support projects that help Americans commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol will host a series of book club discussions beginning this fall. The first book we will discuss is Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Acts and the Transformation of American Democracy by Gary May. Southern Law Center Chancellor, John Pierre, will lead the discussions on Saturday, September 3 at the Goodwood Library beginning at 3 P.M. and again on October 2 at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol beginning at 2 P.M.
The second book we will discuss is Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All. This discussion will take place Saturday, October 29 at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol beginning at 1 P.M. and will be lead by scholar, Cheylon Woods.
A limited number of copies of each book are available to borrow. Those interested in participating in this book club should register at here.
Please note, there are a limited number of books available for this program. We ask that if you sign up and are unable to participate that you return the book so that another participant may have your spot.