All of Our Rights: America’s Legacy of Inequality

Thu. March 21, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sponsored by: Lifetime Learning, UVA Office of Engagement; the Carter G. Woodson Institute at UVA; and The Paramount Theater


Carol Anderson (One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy), Michael Eric Dyson (What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America), and Martha S. Jones (Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America) discuss their award-winning works focused on American rights, racism, and resistance.

From Dyson’s examination of the Civil Rights movement to Anderson’s startling and timely look at voter suppression and Jones’ deeply-researched study of birthright citizenship, this conversation will explore the opportunities as well as the conflicts between people and policies. Moderated by​ Jamelle Bouie​, columnist for the ​New York Times​ Opinion pages and a political analyst for CBS News. Book sales and signing will follow.

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Why should you attend?

“Anderson’s description of the perpetual war that blacks and now Latinos have fought to get and keep the right to vote is impeccably researched, deftly written and, sadly, prescient. One Person, No Votes punches above its weight, like a lecture from a professor with superb command of language.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Passionately written… Dyson’s larger purpose is to reflect on the relevance of the dynamic it represented—speaking truth to power—in the current racial and political climate. Singling out the cultural types represented in [James] Baldwin’s delegation—artists, intellectuals and activists—Dyson devotes individual chapters to how examples of each bear witness to black struggle today… from Jay-Z and Beyoncé, to LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick, to Hamilton and Black Panther.”—The Washington Post

Birthright Citizens is a brilliant and richly researched work that could not be more timely. Who is inside and who is outside the American circle of citizenship has been a fraught question from the Republic’s very beginnings. This is a must-read for all who are interested in what it means to be an American.”—Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University.

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