National Civil Rights Museum to live-stream voting initiative, call to action

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Keepers of 306, an action initiative of the National Civil Rights Museum, today announced a live-streamed educational event on the value of voting entitled “Where Do We Go From Here? To the Polls.”

The event will be broadcast on the museum’s digital platforms today from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

From the press release:

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The goal of the virtual forum is to raise awareness of the value of voting as an attainable call to action for every American.

“There is no more important action we can take as full citizens of this nation than to exercise our right to vote,” said Museum President Terri Lee Freeman. “The issue is that often we just tell people to vote, but don’t follow-up with the reason for doing nor do we tell people that voting is only the first step. I think this session that is being spearheaded by Keepers of 306 will provide that important additional information.”

“2020 has brought to the forefront many challenges of the African-American experience – healthcare, police brutality, an unequal judicial system,” said Trevia Chatman, Chair of Keepers of 306. “Our forefathers fought the same battles and overcame them through advocacy and policy change. Voting and advocating for policy change is essential and truly the way that we move forward as a nation.”

The target audience of Keepers of 306 events are people under age 40, but individuals from all demographics are urged to join the virtual discussion.

The group’s mission is to activate a generation for change, according to the press release.

More from the press release:

The forum will include a lesson on civics by CNN commentator Bakari Sellers, a historical pretext by National Civil Rights Museum’s Dr. Noelle Trent, and a panel discussion on the “why” of voting, featuring:


• Dr. Thomas Parham, President of California State University-Dominguez Hill, human rights advocate

• Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in New York City

• Rev. Earle Fisher, pastor, college educator and community activist, UPTheVote901, Memphis

• Senator Raumesh Akbari, Tennessee State Senate District 29, Memphis

For more details and RSVP information, visit civilrightsmuseum.org/keepers-of-306.