Virtual Panel on National Voter Registration Day Marks 100 years of Preserving the Right to Vote

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Baylor University’s W.R. Poage Legislative Library, the Institute for Oral History and the Women’s and Gender Studies program, in partnership with the Waco NAACP, will present a virtual panel on National Voter Registration Day at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22.
Sept. 18, 2020

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by Cerenity Austin, student news writer, Baylor University Media and Public Relations

WACO, Texas (Sept. 18, 2020) — On National Voter Registration Day, Baylor University’s W.R. Poage Legislative Library, the Institute for Oral History and the Women’s and Gender Studies program, in partnership with the Waco NAACP, will present a virtual panel on “19: 100 Years of Preserving Voters’ Rights” at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

Experts from Baylor’s history department, the Waco NAACP and the Waco League of Women Voters will discuss the history of women’s suffrage and contemporary concerns about restrictions on voting among American women and people of color. A Q&A with the panelists will follow the discussion.

Expert panelists include:

  • Peaches Henry, Ph.D., president of the Waco NAACP and assistant professor of English at McLennan Community College
  • Christina Chan-Park, Ph.D., associate librarian for Baylor Libraries and president of the Waco League of Women Voters
  • Andrea Turpin, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Baylor University
  • The discussion marks the centennial of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

    "As we face the most consequential election of our lives, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment will help us understand the generations-long fight that secured the voting rights of women and people of color,” Henry said.

    This event supports the All-In Commitment made by President Linda Livingstone, Ph.D., and encourages students, faculty and staff to exercise their right to vote. The All-In Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan national organization created to inspire democratic engagement at colleges and universities.

    "Voting is a right of citizenry that we shouldn't take for granted," Chan-Park said. "Your right to vote should be exercised regularly lest it wither away."

    Baylor has partnered with the Andrew Goodman Foundation to help anyone in the Baylor community and beyond to register and vote on election day. The W.R. Poage Legislative Library, 201 Baylor Ave., houses national and state congressional research collections and has two volunteer voter registration officials available to assist with registration.

    “Our forefathers and our foremothers suffered and even died so that all of us could have the right to vote," Turpin said. "Let’s honor them by using it.”

    The event is free, but attendees must register online to receive credentials to join on Zoom. Click here for registration and more information on the event.

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