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SP2 Speaker Series: The Courage to Agree: Voting Rights, Justice, and Bipartisan Action in Virginia

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Join us for a conversation about working across party lines to champion voting rights in Virginia, advance racial reconciliation, and revisit the forgotten story of when Freedmen and former Confederates joined together to form a third party, abolish the poll tax, and take control of the Virginia government. This special in-person installment of the SP2 Speaker Series features Ben Jealous, professor of practice, executive director of the Sierra Club, former national president and CEO of the NAACP, cousin to Robert E. Lee, and 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Maryland in conversation with Former Republican Attorney General and Governor of Virginia Robert F. McDonnell, JD, in a discussion hosted by Dr. Camille Z. Charles, chair of Penn’s Department of Africana Studies.


Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | 6-7pm
The ARCH, Room 208
3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

*Reception to follow

This event qualifies for a Continuing Education Unit. If you attend, email Caitlin Benyi at cbeny@upenn.edu to request the certificate.

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3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States