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Answering the Call: The American Struggle for the Right to Vote
September 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a screening of “Answering the Call: The American struggle for the Right to Vote” followed by a You Can Vote representative who will discuss voter registration and voting procedures in North Carolina.
About the film:
Fifty-five years ago, Americans watched in horror as images of bloody police attacks on voting rights protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama appeared on national TV networks, shocking the consciences of many Americans. John Witeck was in his second year at the University of Virginia then when Martin Luther King subsequently called for clergy to join him in Selma. John and two fellow students joined two clergymen in answering this call and drove overnight from Charlottesville to Selma and arrived there on Turnaround Tuesday, two days after Bloody Sunday.
Fifty-one years later (2016), John and his nephew, film producer Brian Jenkins, traveled to Alabama to both document John’s story in Selma in 1965 as well as the broader struggle for voting rights then and through the ensuing years. From the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through the 2013 Supreme Court decision that hobbled it, this film depicts the tortured struggle that continues to this day.
This film features interviews with John Lewis, voting rights experts in academia, the state senator who represents Selma today, a Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist in Birmingham, ACLU’s executive director in Montgomery, Alabama’s current Secretary of State, and others.
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