Please join us for a conversation on the storied history of the 19th Amendment and universal suffrage in this country.
In this talk
Please join us for the eleventh installment in our Common Ground series, for a conversation with visual artist Elena del Rivero, civil rights leader and Director of the ACLU of Louisiana Alanah Odoms, and scholar and Director of the Amistad Research Center Kara Tucina Olidge in dialogue with Andrea Andersson, Director and Chief Curator of Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought in New Orleans. They will be discussing the ongoing history of the 19th Amendment and universal suffrage in the wake of the recent presidential election and our contested Supreme Court.
Bringing together voices from the archive, visual art, and social activism, this hourlong conversation will kick off with a discussion of the nationwide art initiative Elena del Rivero: Home Address (Oct 2020–Feb 2021) to consider the local, national, and global implications of universal suffrage on the heels of one election and in anticipation of the Georgia Senate Runoff in January, as well as the virtual exhibition* Justice Can’t Wait: Oppression and Resistance - Slavery to Mass Incarceration in Louisiana* co-curated by the Amistad Research Center and the ACLU of Louisiana.
This conversation will be moderated by Malvika Jolly, and will close with a performance and recitation of “Register,” a poem and sound composition by Laura Mullen and Nathan Davis, developed in collaboration with the Voting Rights Archives at the Amistad Research Center.
Kara Tucina Olidge
Alanah Odoms is a civil rights leader, mother, and a professional and spiritual support to countless activists across Louisiana and beyond. As the first Black woman to lead the ACLU of Louisiana in its 65 year history, she has answered the call to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights by challenging systemic racial and gender injustice – vestiges of slavery displayed most prominently in Louisiana’s epidemic of mass incarceration, immigrant detention and deportation, and racist policing across the state.
In the midst of a global pandemic that impacts Black people at disproportionate rates, and civil unrest against police brutality and systemic racism, ACLU of Louisiana aims to dismantle white supremacy in our laws and in the legal system- and move our state toward solidarity and collective liberation.