Quincy University will host Voting Rights Night on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. outside Brenner Library in recognition of Constitution Day and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. Constitution Day is a national celebration commemorating the formation and signing of the U.S Constitution on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who have become citizens. This event is free and open to the public. Masks are required.
“With so many things canceled this year, I thought it would be a great time to have an academic event outside,” said Vicky Eidson, D. Mgt., professor of accounting. “Not only is this a presidential election year, but it is also the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which prohibits denying citizens the right to vote based on sex. We hope this event inspires attendees to register to vote as well as assist them in that process.”
The event will take students through a brief history of voting in America. This presentation will feature individuals reciting some famous words from those involved in the suffrage movement including, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Burns, Frederick Douglass, John Lewis, Fanny Lou Hamer, and Ida B. Wells.
“Voting is one of the most important things a member of any community, state or nation can do,” said Nora Baldner, M.A., assistant professor of communication. “QU wants to make sure students know how hard marginalized groups fought for this right. This will be a celebration of the freedom to vote and an opportunity for students to understand just what that freedom means.”
Following the presentation, students can obtain assistance with registering to vote or check their registration status.
This event is hosted by QU faculty members, Nora Baldner, Megan Boccardi, Ph.D. and Vicky Eidson. The Department of Student Development is sponsoring the event.