Rome’s Afro-American Heritage Association: African Americans and the vote

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ROME, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Rome’s Afro-American Heritage Association has been dedicated to sharing the black communities’ contributions and accomplishments for 41 years.

“We are charged with the responsibility of collecting, maintaining, and interpreting and presenting educational programs to the public about the life and culture of the African American individuals.” – Willie Talmadge, President, Afro-American Heritage Association

In celebration of black history month, the society hosted a panel discussion about african-american’s and the vote at the rome historical society. The upcoming presidential election inspired the event’s theme.

“The night is all about the vote. Get as many people as we can to get to the polls and vote because that is your voice. Because it is only through participation in the system can you change the system.” – Willie Talmadge, President, Afro-American Heritage Association

The panelists also discussed The Voting Rights Act of 1965, that eliminated legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented black people from voting. Talmadge says it’s important to remember all of the hardships that so many men and women fought to defend for civil rights and equality.

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