Our democracy depends on hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who act as poll workers to make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted. But during the pandemic, we’re facing an unprecedented shortage of poll workers that could mean closed polling places and long delays during the November election.
Thus, we urge folk to visit Power the Polls, an initiative to recruit poll workers. Sign up to Power the Polls today, to help make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all voters.
The College of Charleston’s Department of Political Science invites you to our annual convocation. Our guest speaker, Congressman James E. Clyburn, will be here to discuss the importance of voting rights.
We invite CofC students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters to join us for a unique collaboration in reading and discussing Professor Martha S. Jones’ recently dropped book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (Basic Books, 2020).
We will read the book from late-October to early December and meet twice (virtually)to discuss your thoughts on and takeaways from the book. On December 02, 2020, we ask that you join us as we welcome Dr. Jones for a virtual lecture/Q&A (details TBA).
Book pick-up at Addlestone Library will begin on October 20th (listed as the event date) and will continue for several weeks on designated days (details TBA)
Please RSVP to receive information about book pick-up or purchase, book club virtual discussion meetings, and Dr. Jones’ visit in December.
Black Suffragists: Pre-Civil War through the 19th Amendment and 2020 Voter Participation Update
Presenters: Dr. Gwendy Harris (Retired Rutgers University and Charleston Area Branch of ASALH) and Dr. Paula Orr (President of the Links Incorporated, Charleston SC Chapter)
Black Suffragists Lecture 7-8 pm- Gwendolyn Harris, PhD
One hundred years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment this study reviews Black Women’s suffrage from the pre-Civil War period through the ratification. Focus is placed on the participation and marginalization of Black Women in the larger suffrage movement. The work of two noted suffragists, Ida B Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell is highlighted.
Voter Participation Workshop 8-9 pm- Paula Orr, MD
The Links COVID-19 Civic Participation Task Force will provide information on the process of voting in the November 3, 2020 election as impacted by the pandemic. The task force toolkit will be discussed