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Book discussion features talk on voting rights, Black history

Posted at 9:08 PM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 23:18:22-05

A book discussion was held Saturday night in Carencro during which participants discussed voting rights of Black citizens and Black women in the United States.

Part of Louisiana Literary & Speakers Series from Southern University Law Center, the discussion focused on the book "Black women Suffrage Movement and Black Voting Rights."

The Zoom webinar was moderated by Dr. Theodore Foster, a professor of history at UL and featured discussion from John Pierre, a professor and dean of Southern University Law Center; Alana Odoms, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union; Jonathan C. "Jay" Augustus, attorney and minister; Margaret A. Burnham, attorney and director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project; and Ernest Johnson, attorney and civil rights activist.

Saturday's webinar was broadcast live by AOC, Cox, and LUS, and was streamed on YouTube.

"Particularly black Louisianans whose history was removed from the table and is being asserted on the table and virtually as well," explained Dr. Theodore Foster. "I think its really impressive to have this conversation center Lafayette, center Black Lafayette," explained But really on a national stage."

"If you want to have as much knowledge as you can you don't want to just get it from one place. You want to be able to get it from everywhere that you can. So I encourage those who are not here to look it up online to review it," added John Bishop.

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