7th Annual MLK Convocation 

‘Voting is the Foundation Stone of Political Action’: A Discussion of American Voting Rights 
January 26, 2022, 12:15 to 1:15 pm

Online via Zoom webinar. 

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Minnesota Law students, faculty, and staff are invited to our Seventh Annual MLK Convocation on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 12:15 pm (CST).

This year's event features Harvard Law Professor Guy-Uriel Charles and ACLU of Minnesota Policy Director Julia Decker ’14. Our distinguished panel will reflect on Dr. King’s quote, “Voting is the foundation stone for political action” and consider where we are now 56 years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

Attendees are also invited to reflect on Dr. King’s leadership and historical action as it pertains to our country’s voting rights as Americans.

Dean Garry W. Jenkins will open with remarks and an overview of our Martin Luther King, Jr. annual series and Justice Shannon, 2L and President of Black Law Students Association, will moderate the conversation.

About our panelists:

  • Julia Decker ’14 Full speaker biography

    Julia is the Policy Director at the ACLU of Minnesota where she works to defend and advance civil liberties through lobbying at the state legislature and local governing bodies. Before joining ACLU-MN, she worked at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and taught in the Binger Center for New Americans’ Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic.
  • Guy-Uriel E. CharlesFull speaker biography 

    Guy-Uriel E. Charles teaches and writes about election law, race and law, constitutional law, and civil procedure at Harvard Law School. He is the founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics.