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November 1, 2013

National Archives Hosts Discussion of Impact of Civil and Voting Rights Acts on November 7

Program Celebrates Upcoming Opening of "Records of Rights" Exhibit

Washington, DC…On Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m., the National Archives hosts a panel discussion titled "A Path to Equality: The Impact of the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s." In celebration of the upcoming opening of the David M. Rubenstein Gallery "Records of Rights" permanent exhibition (on December 10), and in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, the National Archives presents a distinguished panel of Civil Rights experts focusing on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The free program will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Use the Special Events Entrance, located at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

The program will be webcast live (and immediately archived) on the National Archives UStream channel [http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives].

Moderated by Todd Purdum, nationally recognized political journalist and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, panelists include Carol Moseley Braun, former Senator from Illinois; Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman for the District of Columbia; Charles Ferris, Senator Mansfield’s Chief Counsel during the debate about the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act; James R. Jones, former Congressman from Oklahoma; and political strategist Michael Steele. The panel will examine the political challenges and debate that resulted in this groundbreaking legislation, give a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to pass both acts, and analyze the impact of these laws as we near their 50-year anniversaries. The panel will also discuss the Supreme Court’s recent decision to invalidate key parts of the Voting Rights Act.

"Records of Rights" Exhibition in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery

Opening at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, the new permanent exhibition in the Rubenstein Gallery, "Records of Rights," uses original documents, photographs, facsimiles, videos, and interactive exhibits to explore how Americans have worked to realize the ideals of freedom enshrined in our nation's founding documents and how they have debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity. Exploring many stories—and showcasing the drive for civil rights for African Americans, women, and immigrants—the new exhibition chronicles the past and current generations whose efforts to secure equality under the law have shaped the country we live in today.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is fully accessible. Take Metro’s Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station. To verify the date and times of programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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