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One Vote Matters! – Suffrage Centennial Event at the Brockton Library
January 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
“One Vote Matters!” is the Brockton Public Library’s Kick-Off event of a 10-month series of discussions, movies and activities for all ages, to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The Centennial highlights key moments in our history in the struggle for women’s rights, and how their efforts helped to pass the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 18, 1920 granting women the right to vote. The theme of the Brockton Library’s Kick-Off event on January 29th will focus on the importance of voting and the fact that in some elections one vote can make a difference in who gets elected. This was clearly demonstrated by the results of the recent Boston City Council election where, with 44,983 ballots cast, the winner was elected by just one vote. The event will include brief remarks by newly-elected Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan, local historian and professor Willie Wilson, Jr., the Executive Director of Mass Vote Cheryl Crawford, and former Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti who won her first election by 8 votes and lost in a re-election bid four year later by 55 votes, and State Senator Michael Brady. The event will feature a review of the Brockton Library’s upcoming Suffrage Centennial events and will include a video showcase of photos from the early days of the Suffrage Movement, an exhibit of books for loan by the Library for adults, teens and children about the Suffrage effort, Suffrage Buttons to take home, and the movie “Perfect 36: When Women Won the Right to Vote” which chronicles the dramatic vote in Nashville to ratify the 19th amendment, as anti-and pro-suffragist each fought for their vision of a socially evolving United States.” Light refreshments will be available. One Vote Matters! is the Kick-Off event of “The Vote: A Divided Movement that Brings Us Together,” a series of events and activities to celebrate the Centennial of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and is presented in partnership with Brockton area schools and organizations January – October 2020. “The Vote: A Divided Movement that Brings Us Together” is made possible with funding by the Barbara Lee Foundation and Mass Humanities. REGISTRATION & SEATING The event is free, but we ask all attendees to please register to ensure we have adequate seating and refreshments. Registration is via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-vote-matters-kick-off-for-10-month-series-suffrage-centennial-events-tickets-90172473295. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. DIRECTIONS & PARKING The Brockton Library is located at 304 Main Street, Brockton. Free parking is located in a lot behind the Library on White Avenue. Please use the Library entrance on White Avenue. For more information or questions, please contact Pat at: firstname.lastname@example.org