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Oct 14

In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

October 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

How can we work together to protect voting rights?

Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues.

How can we work together to protect voting rights? Together with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we will explore the legislative and cultural story of voting rights from post-Civil War to the present. We’ll feature a 1870 15th Amendment colored lithograph paired with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s pen used to sign the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants via Eventbrite 12-24 hours in advance of the program. Each participant must register separately. We will only allow participants into the meeting if their names (and email addresses) are on the registration list.

The Portrait Gallery strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. This program will provide live captions. For questions, or to request additional accommodations such as an ASL interpreter, please email jonesve@si.edu at least two weeks in advance of the program.

In order to register and participate in this program, you must be 18 or older, or be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

For general inquires please contact npgeducation@si.edu.

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Image Credit: LEFT: Pen used by Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Esterbrook Pen Company, American, 1965. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture RIGHT: Fifteenth Amendment. Unidentified Artist copy after James Carter Beard. 1870. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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