Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of
the Voting Rights Act of 1965
ACLU's "Fight the Power - Happy Hour"
Friday, July 29th
5-6 p.m. (in ACLU Conference Room): Claude Foster, speaking on the Voting
Rights Act of 1965
Claude Foster is the Southwest Regional Director of the NAACP National Voter
Fund, a group whose aim is to increase African-American participation in the
political process. Mr. Foster has served in various leadership positions
with the NAACP and in 1999 was the recipient of the NAACP's prestigious
Talheimer Award for his leadership while serving as the president of the
Wichita Falls Branch NAACP.
The Voting Rights Act, adopted initially in 1965 and extended in 1970, 1975,
and 1982, is generally considered the most successful piece of civil rights
legislation ever adopted by the United States Congress. The Act codifies and
effectuates the 15th Amendment's permanent guarantee that, throughout the
nation, no person shall be denied the right to vote on account of race or
color. In addition, the Act contains several special provisions that impose
even more stringent requirements in certain jurisdictions throughout the
NAACP activists played a central role in passage of the Voting rights Act of
1965. The NAACP remains a force in voting rights, redistricting and
advocating for the inclusion of African Americans in the planning and
implementation of the census. The non-partisan NAACP Voter Empowerment
Program is dedicated to empowering the African American community by aiding
their full inclusion in America's political and social system.
6-7:30 p.m.: FREE BEER and Refreshments at the ACLU
7:30 p.m. +: After-party at The Longbranch Inn
DIRECTIONS to the ALCU of Texas:
The ACLU of Texas is located at 1210 Rosewood, Austin, TX 78702. From 1-35,
Exit 11th St. and go east. Go approx. 4 blocks; at the intersection of 11th
St. and Rosewood, go straight. We are the second house on the left (with
wildflowers and a large art structure in the front yard).
The Longbranch is located on 11th St., one block west of the ACLU.
Law Clerk, ACLU of Texas
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