PACE – Library partnership pt. 1 of 3

In the Fall of 2016, the Clayton State Library partnered with Dr. Margaret Fletcher’s ENGL 1101 class as part of PACE (Partnering Academics and Community Engagement), the university’s initiative to connect academic work with community engagement opportunities. Dr. Fletcher’s students attended the library’s film screening and discussion event, Freedom Summer, and conducted follow-up research on the events and people featured in the film and those discussed by the presenting scholars. In addition to course assignments, the products of this research include a visual display of the history of voting rights in America, an article summarizing the event, and blog post with recommended library resources for researchers. All artifacts will be featured here on the library blog.

Over the next week, we will highlight their contributions here to share the work of your fellow students.

Today, we are featuring the visual display. You can see it in person on the whiteboard in the Lower Level of the Library.

Visual depiction of the history of voting rights in America with

Constitutional amendments and Jim Crow laws related to voting and civil rights. Images and description of the Selma to Montgomery march and text from Dr. King's Letter From Birmingham Jail. Images and short biographies of individuals who died during the fight for Voting Rights in America: Rev. George Lee, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Henry Schwerner, Jimmie Lee Jackson, Herbert Lee, Lamar Smith, Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Vernon Ferdinand Dahmer

Quote from Dr. Jelani Favors: "When we inspire people, we can't just inspire them to say 'I'll vote at the next presidential election,' but we have to look at local politics, local issues, and we’ve got to find a way to improve our immediate community: for students at Clayton State that means not just Morrow, not just Atlanta, but that means Clayton State as well. How can we improve Clayton State, make it more inclusive, make it speak to our dreams, our desires? The whole theme of this year and last year was ‘Dreams. Made Real,’ but what are those dreams? When we think of the Civil Rights Movement, of social movements, these were really predicated upon the idea of Freedom Dreams, wanting to aspire and move our nation towards a more free society. Well, we can have a more than just a free campus; what other interests do students have? We can actually make those interests come real through activism, engagement, dialogue, but also through learning, which is another important part. I cannot tell you how many times that I’ve spoken with or consulted with local activists, students who become engaged. I tell them it is important that you read so that you can arm yourselves with history, knowledge of what has taken place before you, and by doing so, you can see the missteps that people have made, you can understand the failures that they’ve encountered, you can also understand their successes. In doing so, we can create better and more effective forms of social activism even today.” Summaries of the effects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 including increased voter turnout and greater diversity in Congress. Summary of the 2013 Shelby County vs. Holder decision which overturned key elements of the Voting Rights Act. After effects of the Holder decision included voting roll purges and increases in new restrictions in states previously covered by the Voting Rights Act.

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