The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has launched “Who Gets to Vote: Conversations on Voting Rights in America,” a new book club program focused on the history of voting—and efforts to suppress the vote—in the United States. Who Gets to Vote will take place at selected public libraries across Louisiana and is part of the “Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The discussions will take place on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. over Zoom.
This week’s selection is a NYT bestseller that contextualizes our nation’s long history of challenges to voter rights. It also explores what the future may hold when the world’s largest democracy fails to enshrine those rights in its Constitution.
J. Celeste Lay, PhD., will kick-off the series on February 1. Book discussions will be on February 22, March 8, March 22, and April 12.
Participants will read the following books over the course of 10-weeks:
• The Embattled Vote In America: From the Founding to the Present by Allan J. Lichtman
• The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement by Lisa Tetrault
• Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones
• One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson