Sussex Unity rallies for Voting Rights Aug. 6 In Georgetown

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Participants march in the 2014 Sussex Unity event held in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the historic signing of Civil Rights Act in 1964 .

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Unity will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on August 6.

The rally will begin at 6 p.m. on The Circle in Georgetown.

Fifty years ago on August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

The ugly violence against peaceful voting-­‐rights marchers in Selma, Alabama in

March of that year outraged many Americans and compelled President Johnson to call for comprehensive voting-­‐rights reform.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Samuel Hoff, George Washington Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science at Delaware State University.

Dr. Hoff will provide an historical perspective of voting rights in America, including recent attempts to undermine this landmark legislation.

The Booker Street Church Choir will perform.

Other speakers include young people offering their perspective and Fayetta Blake, the chair of Sussex Unity.

Sussex Unity is a coalition of civic activists, community leaders and faith leaders joining with residents of underserved communities in Sussex County to bring positive change to these communities by working together for a safe, healthy and secure environment in which all Sussex Countians are treated with respect, dignity and equality.

On July 2, 2014, Sussex Unity staged a march on behalf of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

More than 300 persons participated in the Georgetown event.

Sussex Unity invites you to join the celebration.

Only a limited number of chairs can be provided.

Please bring a lawn chair if you wish to be seated.

In case of bad weather, the event will be held in Sussex County Council chambers in the County Administration complex on The Circle.

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