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The Voting Rights Act: Then and Now A Martin Luther King Day Program at Scotch Plains Public Library

Credits: NJISJ

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16, at 1:00 p.m. at Scotch Plains Public Library, Ryan P. Haygood, President and CEO of the Newark based New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, will speak about the Voting Rights Act, which is widely recognized as the crowning achievement of the Civil Rights Movement. This past November marked the first Presidential election in more than 50 years without the heart of the Voting Rights Act in place. 

Haygood is a nationally recognized civil rights advocate. As the Deputy Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Haygood worked to empower communities of color around the country by ensuring an open and inclusive political process, better educational and housing opportunities, access to employment that enables community residents to compete in a global economy, and a fair criminal justice system.

Ryan Haygood speaks and writes regularly on issues concerning race, law, civil rights, and democracy. He has been interviewed by media outlets, including: MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, and the New York Times. Prior to joining LDF, he was a litigation associate in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, and was a recipient of the prestigious LDF/Fried Frank Fellowship. He received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law and B.A. in American History and Political Science cum laude from Colorado College.

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For the third year in a row, this program will be jointly sponsored by the Scotch Plains Public Library and Social Justice Matters, Inc., a local grassroots non-profit. Registration is required, as space is limited.  Interested individuals can register through the library web site, or through the Martin Luther King Day of Service web site, Phone registration is also accepted during library hours: (908) 322-5007, ext. 204.

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