The Voting Rights Act of 1965
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Randall Kennedy
Wed, February 11th, 2015 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)


The Civil Rights Movement was a time of turbulence and transition, and those resistant to racial equality at times resorted to acts of violence—and even murder. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a monumental piece of federal legislation to reinforce the voting rights guaranteed in the 14th and 15th amendments and combat the disenfranchisement of racial minorities. Commemorating its 50th anniversary, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy examines the origins, designs, and consequences of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. How does this landmark act continue to resonate a half-century later, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling?

Randall Kennedy, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, is Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His most recent book is For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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