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Forum to Hear from ‘Bloody Sunday’ Activist

WSU Vancouver tackles voting rights and immigration

10/28/2015, 3:07 p.m.
The community is invited to learn more about voting rights and immigration during upcoming forums to mark the 50th anniversaries ...
Joanne Bland

The community is invited to learn more about voting rights and immigration during upcoming forums to mark the 50th anniversaries of the 1965 Voting Rights and Immigration Acts.

Two nationally recognized speakers, Joanne Bland and Ariel Luckey, will talk about the legacy of discrimination and its continued impact on basic rights during two upcoming presentations on “Race, Immigration and Citizenship” on the WSU-Vancouver campus.

The first talk by Joanne Bland, “Selma’s Bloody Sunday, the Voting Rights Movement and the Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Bland, who as a child was a witness to and participant in the historic Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Ala., and subsequent civil rights demonstrations, will talk about the historical events she witnessed and her lifelong civil and human rights work. She is the owner and operator of Journeys for the Soul, a touring agency that specializes in education of the Civil Rights movement with a major focus on Selma.

Luckey will give the second talk, titled “Amnesia: Immigration, Assimilation, and White Privilege” the following Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. He is a nationally acclaimed poet, actor and playwright who encourages people to reflect on their own families' migration stories and the complexities of national immigration policy and enforcement.

Both forums are free and open to the public and will be held in Room 110 of the Dengerink administration building on the WSU-Vancouver campus at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.