In 1965, more than 500 non-violent civil rights marchers are attacked by law enforcement officers while attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to demand the need for African American voting rights. Later that year President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, prohibiting any election practice that denies the right to vote on account of race, and requiring jurisdictions with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval for changes in their election laws before they can take effect. By the end of 1965, 250,000 new African American voters were registered.
ACLU supporters are invited to join us for a special Pygmalion Productions' presentation of the play "Selma '65" commemorating the Selma Voting March. Award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux brings to life the interconnected stories of Viola Liuzzo, a white civil rights activist, and Tommy Rowe, an FBI informant undercover with the Ku Klux Klan. The ACLU of Utah will have an information table in the lobby and will give a short presentation to audience members after the show about our critical work to protect voting rights.
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
168 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m.
For discounted $15 tickets ($5 off) please call Art Tix at 801.355.2787 or visit artsaltlake.org and quote code ACLU.
In 2016, 10 states will be putting into place restrictive voting laws that they will be enforcing for the first time in a presidential election. These laws range from new hurdles to registration to cutbacks on early voting to strict voter identification requirements. Collectively, these ten states are home to over 80 million people and will wield 129 of the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency. Voting rights and participatory democracy continue to be a vital priority for the ACLU.
We hope you will join us for this special evening to commemorate and celebrate the victory of the past and dedicate ourselves to continue the struggle for full participatory democracy into the future.