One Person, One Vote: Learning from the Past, Organizing for the Future

The conference will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and seek to use the lessons of the past to help organize for the future.

The Conference will involve approximately 175 people who have shown a longstanding commitment to voting rights, and who are civil rights veterans, present-day activists, policy experts, elected officials, academics, and students.

Two major topics for discussion at the Voting Rights Conference:

1. How to ensure that voting continues to be a constitutional right for all Americans; and

2. How to use the lessons of the past, over the next five years, to help create a political and economic environment in the South that will include all citizens and ensure political equality.

Keynote Speaker: Bob Moses, President, The Algebra Project; SNCC Veteran
Featured Presenters: Hasan Jeffries, Umi Selah (aka) Philip Agnew, William Darity Jr., Derrick Johnson, Judith Brown, William Barber III, Desmera Gatewood, Dr. Bettina Love, Charles Taylor, Kimberly Ellis (aka) Dr. Goddess, Hollis Watkins Muhammad, Alicia Garza, Cristina Jiminez

Sponsors and Partners:The SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University

Registration and Contact Information:

Hotel: The Millennium Hotel, 2800 Campus Walk Avenue, Durham, NC 27705

    Telephone– Guests may call the hotel at(800) 633-5379 or (919) 383-8575 and request the One Person, One Vote Conference guest room block.

Location: The Millennium Hotel, 2800 Campus Walk Avenue, Durham, NC 27705

Times: Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20, 2015

Contact Danita Mason-Hogans at with any further questions



“How to Engage People in Asserting their Right to Vote”
Introduction:Judy Richardson, SNCC Veteran
Panelists: Desmera Gatewood, North Carolina Activist; Hasan Jeffries, Ohio State University; Bettina Love, University of Georgia

“Learning from the Past, Organizing for the Future”
Introduction:Charlie Cobb, SNCC Veteran
Panelists: Umi Selah, Dream Defenders; William Barber III, North Carolina NAACP; Charlene Carruthers, BYP 100; Alicia Garza, #BlackLivesMatter; Cristina Jiménez, United We Dream Network; Derrick Johnson, Mississippi NAACP; Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, University of Florida; James Hayes, Ohio Student Association


The American Prospect – Voter Suppression State Laws
Brennan Center for Justice – Voting Laws Roundup 2015
The Advancement Project – Voting Rights Newsletter
The Advancement Project – Recommendations
The Hill – Automatic Voter Registration
ACLU – Fighting Voter Suppression
ACLU – Battle to Protect the Ballot
And Still I Rise – Alicia Garza
Vox – Black Lives Matter History
Black Lives Matter Syllabus
Mississippi Ballot Initiative
Campaign Zero
The New York Times – A Dream Undone
Institute for Policy Studies – Black Worker Initiative
The Washington Post – John Lewis on Voting Rights
Democracy Now – “What’s Next? The Elections, the Economy, and the World”
The Institute for Southern Studies – 5 Ways the U.S. Can Boost Voter Registration