Students Stage Voting Rights Teach-In



On October 24, students in Lisa Levenstein’s HIS 524, Voting Rights in Recent US History (a course with a WGS marker) staged a campus-wide teach-in to encourage their peers to vote in the 2016 election.  After spending the first half of the semester studying the history of voting rights, the students crafted a presentation that highlighted how the right to vote has been gained — but also lost — throughout US history. Their discussion of the 2000 election, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, gerrymandering, and voter ID laws underscored how much was at stake in the 2016 election. 





The presentation drew over 100 students and ended with remarks from Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughn and moving testimonials from the students and audience members about why they were choosing to vote . Audience members learned how and where to register and vote during the early voting period, picked up voter guides, and enjoyed pizza and popcorn. The program was supported by the History Department and Women’s and Gender Studies Department. 

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