WASHINGTON – Advancement Project and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) will host a book signing and panel discussion on Thursday, August 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. featuring Ari Berman’s new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. In this groundbreaking narrative history, Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights, from 1965 to the present day.
Falling exactly one week after the 50th anniversary of the signing of the VRA, Berman’s reading will be followed by a panel discussion featuring voting rights leaders who will address the legislation’s impact and current efforts to weaken the right to vote. The panel will be moderated by BuzzFeed National Editor Adam Serwer, and will feature litigators and organizers at the forefront of today’s voting rights movement including Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne Dianis, Lawyers’ Committee Voting Rights Project Special Senior Counsel Bob Kengle, New Virginia Majority Co-Executive Director Tram Nguyen, and civil rights attorney Armand Derfner. The event is free and open to the public, though attendees are encouraged to RSVP for tickets here. For those unable to attend the event in person, the event will be streamed online. Follow the event on social media using #VRA50.
WHAT: Book reading and panel discussion on Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
WHO: Ari Berman, author and contributing writer for The Nation; Adam Serwer, BuzzFeed national editor (moderator); Judith Browne Dianis, Advancement Project co-director; Bob Kengle, Lawyers’ Committee Voting Rights Project special senior counsel; Tram Nguyen, New Virginia Majority co-executive director; Armand Derfner, civil rights attorney
WHEN: Thursday, August 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
About Advancement Project
Advancement Project is a multi-racial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was created to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras.