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Fighting For The Vote

Bloody Sunday - Alabama police attack Selma-to-Montgomery Marchers, 1965.

Fifty-two years ago this week, 600 peaceful protesters gathered in Selma, Alabama for what would become known as The Bloody Sunday March. Their goal was to draw attention to the importance of protecting the vote, not just for African Americans, but all Americans. 

This hour, we hear a discussion on voting rights. We explore the historical battles to access the ballot, and take a look at some contemporary challenges. What can we expect from the Trump administration in the domain of voting rights? And how have historical battles to protect the vote set the stage for today’s fights? 


  • Richard Valelly - Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, author of The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement 
  • Puntadeleste Bozeman  - Daughter of Maggie Bozeman, voting rights activist in Alabama  
  • John Nichols - National Affairs Correspondent at The Nation 

?Khalilah Brown-Dean hosted this program. She's Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University and a frequent contributor to The Wheelhouse.  

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Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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