Focus Policy Blog


Joint Center in Selma for 50th

Joint Center Selma Event — 2:30-4 pm Saturday (today): If you’re in Selma, come to our Joint Center event at the Selma Public Library (corner of Selma Ave. and Broad, about 3 blocks north of the bridge). We’ve got Ted Shaw (former head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund) and three of the nation’s top political scientists on race and voting–Professors Khalilah Brown-Dean, Andra Gillespie, and Ismail White–discussing the Joint Center’s new report (below). We are proud to partner with the Black Belt African American Genealogical & Historical Society. Click this link for more details. Selma Tweeting & Photos: This weekend we’ll provide real-time updates from Selma with photos@SpencerOverton & @JointCenter. Last year’s trip is reviewed in a post here. Real Data on The Impact of 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The new Joint Center report by Professors Brown-Dean, Hajnal, Rivers, and white reveals data from the last 50 years on: 1) racial turnout; 2) racially polarized voting; 3) policy outcomes by race; and 4) number of elected officials of color. The report is critical to understanding the impact of the Act and the future of voting rights. Click here for the 2-page summary, the 46-page full document, and coverage (e.g., Washington Post, BlackPressUSA, The Nation).