Premiere Screening of "Free the Vote" – A Documentary by the ACLU of Maryland

Join the ACLU of Maryland for a premiere screening of Free the Vote on Thursday, December 3, at 7 p.m. This event is being co-hosted by The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture.

Free the Vote is a new documentary by the ACLU of Maryland. The film takes a journey in history to show how denying the right to vote of people who are incarcerated is rooted in a deeply racist system, focusing on the stories of people who have experienced having their right to vote taken from them.

Dating back to the racist Jim Crow era, felony disenfranchisement laws were used in the states after the Civil War as an intentional effort to weaken the political power of Black people who had been enslaved. That time was also when the abominable effort began to incarcerate Black people who were newly freed.

People who are formerly incarcerated and advocates come together in Free the Vote to tell an American story about how not being able to vote has affected them and society, and how denying the right to vote of millions of people is rooted in this country’s racist history.

Let’s imagine America in a different light, and create a place where the right to vote is restored for every citizen.

After the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Farajii Muhammed, host of “For the Culture” on WEAA 88.9 FM.

Panelists include:

  • Qiana Johnson, executive director of Life After Release;
  • Dr. Pippa Holloway, author of “Living In Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship”;
  • Chris Wilson, serial social entrepreneur, storyteller, artist, social justice advocate, and author of "The Master Plan";
  • Amber Taylor, producer of Free the Vote and digital communications strategist at ACLU of Maryland; and
  • More to be announced.

ACLU of Maryland partnered with New Lens, a social justice studio creating visual art and media to inform, inspire and impact community, to produce this documentary.

Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 7 p.m.

This is an online event on Zoom.

You will receive the link to join the screening after you RSVP. Please save the date on your calendar.

Screening: 7 p.m. | Panel: 7:45 p.m.

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