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Realizing the Dream Lecture Series Set for March 12

A logo of the Realizing the Dream Lecture SeriesTUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The 2020 Realizing the Dream Distinguished Lecture Series, titled VOTE, Everyone and Everywhere, will take place March 12 at 6 p.m. in Stillman College’s Stinson Auditorium, with voter registration and voting rights restoration education beginning at 4:30 p.m.

All are encouraged to participate in voter registration if they are not already registered, to learn about the process for restoring their right to vote if applicable, and to stay for the panel and discussion that follow.

The panel features representatives of The Andrew Goodman Foundation, as well as Dana Sweeney, statewide organizer at the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and a 2018–2019 Puffin Democracy Fellow with The Andrew Goodman Foundation.

At the height of the civil rights movement, Andrew Goodman joined Freedom Summer 1964 to register African Americans to vote. On his first day in Mississippi, he and two other civil rights workers, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. The Andrew Goodman Foundation was created in 1966 by Robert and Carolyn Goodman to carry on the spirit and purpose of their son Andrew’s life. Today, the foundation’s work harnesses the legacy of courageous civic action to grow new leaders of change.

Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to work to achieve justice and equity for all Alabamians. Alabama Appleseed is a member of the national Appleseed Network, which includes 18 Appleseed Centers across the U.S. and in Mexico City. Alabama Appleseed is also a member of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s Legal Impact Network, a collaborative of 36 advocacy organizations from across the country working with communities to end poverty and achieve racial justice at the federal, state and local levels.

All are invited to this free event, which promises to be an enlightening and inspiring discussion about the importance of exercising the right to vote.

The event is hosted by Stillman College, a member of the Realizing the Dream Committee, comprised of Stillman, Shelton State Community College, the Tuscaloosa Southern Christian Leadership Conference and The University of Alabama.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Realizing the Dream Committee exists to raise consciousness about injustice and  promote human equality, peace and social justice. It creates educational and cultural opportunities  for growth, empowerment and social change so that every person may experience the bounty of life’s abundant possibilities. The Distinguished Lecture Series is an integral part of the Realizing the Dream activities in west Alabama.


Diane Kennedy-Jackson, Division of Community Affairs, community.affairs@ua.edu, 205-348-8376