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Who Gets To Vote

Reading and Discussion Program

Who Gets to Vote? Conversations on Voting Rights in America is a book club program focused on fostering conversations about 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 and community centers across Louisiana and is part of the special NEH initiative, “A More Perfect Union,” which is designed to demonstrate and enhance the critical role the humanities play in our nation and support projects that help Americans commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. 

All book club sessions will be led by subject specialists and held virtually or, should public health conditions allow, in person.

Visit our grants page to apply to host the program.

Schedule of Sites

 

St Charles Parish Library, East Regional Branch 

June 23–September 22, 2022 

160 West Campus Drive 

Destrehan, LA 70047 

Register at http://myscpl.evanced.info/signup/ or email Maria Bilello at maria.bilello@myscpl.org

 

Terrebonne Parish Library, Main Library 

August 15–September 26, 2022 

4130 West Park Avenue 

Gray, LA 70359 

Email or call Jessica Mouton at jmouton@mytpl.org or 985-876-5861 to register. 

 

University of Louisiana at Monroe Library 

July 12–October 11, 2022 

700 University Avenue  

Monroe, LA 71209 

Email Meredith McKinnie at mckinnie@ulm.edu to register. 

 

Southern University Museum of Art Shreveport 

June 27–September 26, 2022 

610 Texas Street, Ste. 110  

Shreveport, LA  71101 

Email Angelique Feaster at afeaster@susla.edu to register.  

 

Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association and Lower Ninth Ward Voter’s Coalition 

June 14–September 13, 2022 

1123 Lamanche Street 

New Orleans, LA 70117 

Email l9voters@gmail.com or call Lou Anne White at 504-605-4055 to register. 

Sessions are intended to spark dialogue around issues and themes supported by the following books:

  • The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding To the Present by Allan J. Lichtman (Harvard University Press, 2018)
  • The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss (Viking, 2018)
  • Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted On Equality for All by Martha S. Jones (Basic Books, 2020)
  • Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy by Gary May (Basic Books, 2013)
  • One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson (Bloomsbury, 2018)
  • Let My People Vote: My Battle to Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens by Desmond Meade (Beacon Press, 2020)

Themes that are discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • the expansion of voting rights since the country’s founding
  • the electoral process
  • the women’s suffrage movement
  • historic and contemporary voter suppression practices
  • the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • the 2013 Supreme Court decision that invalidated key portions of the Voting Rights Act
  • the disenfranchisement of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Americans.