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JCPL to Host ETSU's Dr. Daryl Carter for "African Americans and the Vote" Lecture
Johnson City, TN
02/10/2020 09:23 AM

JOHNSON CITY – Johnson City Public Library will host Dr. Daryl Carter, an associate professor of history at ETSU, on Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture entitled “African Americans and the Vote.” Dr. Carter will speak about American politics in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a special emphasis on civil rights and voting rights. 

Dr. Carter says it is important to study the historical and political intersection of race relations and voting rights in the U.S. because it can help inform our decisions today. “Everyone should learn about the power of participating in arguably the most sacred process we have: voting in elections that determine who will represent us in our local, state and federal governments.”

Adult Services Librarian Lisa Williams is looking forward to Dr. Carter’s lecture because she believes learning about civil and voting rights is especially important and relevant in East Tennessee. Williams explains, “In the 2016 presidential election, Tennessee had the fourth lowest voter turnout in the nation, and East Tennessee counties had the lowest turnout in the state. Learning about the long struggle disenfranchised people have had with voting can inspire us to cherish and exercise voting as a fundamental element of our democracy.”

For more information about Dr. Carter’s lecture, contact Lisa Williams at (423) 434-4356 or Learn more about Johnson City Public Library by visiting, calling (423) 434-4450 or dropping by the Library at 100 West Millard Street. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for updates.


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