The Rome Historical Society (RHS) is set to host to a panel discussion presented by Rome’s Afro-American Heritage Association (AAHA) on Wednesday, February 26th.
The topic of this discussion will be African Americans and the Vote which is the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s (ASALH) 2020 African American History Month theme.
The panel will be moderated by RHS Trustee and AAHA President, Willie Talmadge. Panelists will discuss local African American participation and influence in elections, government, the Fifteenth Amendment of 1870, Nineteenth Amendment of 1920 granting women the right to vote, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which outlawed discriminatory voting practices. Any political views expressed by panelists are those of the individuals and not those of the RHS or the AAHA.
This program will begin at at 5:30 pm and is free and open to the public.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded by Carter G. Woodson who initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926. In 1976, the commemoration was expanded to a month as part of the nation’s bicentennial, and today is celebrated as African American History Month.
The Rome Historical Society is located at 200 Church Street, Rome. More information is available online, or by calling (315) 336-5870.
The Afro-American Heritage Association is a not-profit and is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. For more information, call President Willie Talmadge at (315) 337-1215 or write to them at PO Box 451, Rome NY 13440.