Voices & Votes: Democracy in America
Celebrate our ongoing fight for freedom and democracy with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Voices and Votes: Democracy in America. Denham Springs Main Street will present six speakers and discussions throughout September and October at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch to go along with the display at the Old City Hall. There will be a book club discussion of “The Woman’s Hour” by Elaine Weiss for the final meeting held in October.
Denham Springs-Walker: Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m.
“Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Voting, But Were Afraid to Ask.” Mr. Jason Harris, LP Clerk of Court, and Mr. Jared Andrews, LP Registrar of Voters, give an overview of the voting process in Livingston Parish.
Denham Springs-Walker: Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m.
“Elections Not Politics.” Mr. Jared Andrews, LP Registrar of Voters and Mr. Jason Harris, LP Clerk of Court, give a behind-the-scenes look at the election process in the state of Louisiana.
Denham Springs-Walker: Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m.
“Sojourn to Suffrage – Out of Bondage to Enfranchisement” Part 1, of 2. Mr. Daniel Landry will discuss voter suppression of African-Americans though literacy test, Jim Crow laws and other measures.
Denham Springs-Walker: Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.
“The Fight for Women’s Suffrage in Louisiana.” Dr. Catherine Jacquet of LSU. Women’s Suffrage was so much more than women walking into voting booths and casting ballots. Dr Jacquet will discuss how beliefs about race, gender and social order informed Louisianans hopes and fears around extending the franchise to women.
Denham Springs-Walker: Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m.
“Vote Denied: Rebels, Freedmen, and the Historical Process of Voter Suppression in Louisiana 1812-1900.” Dr. Sam Hyde of SLU, will offer a presentation that highlights the victims and perpetrators of disenfranchisement from the original Louisiana Constitution of 1812 through the mid-twentieth century.
Denham Springs-Walker: Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m.
“Enfranchisement Through the Civil Rights Movement”, part 2 in this series. Mr. Daniel Landry will focus on the struggle of African-Americans during the Civil Rights Movement.
Denham Springs-Walker: Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Book Club Discussion of “The Woman’s Hour,” by Elaine Weiss. The book, set in Nashville, TN, explores the struggles of the Antis and the Suffs seeking ratification of the 36th state to pass the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote.
*This program is presented as part of the Library’s commUNITY initiative.