Skip to content

Voting rights take center stage on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

Nearly 60 years have passed since Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in the U.S. Capitol to watch Lyndon Johnson sign a long-sought dream into law—the rights of Black citizens to cast a ballot. Voting rights are once again top of the agenda for lawmakers in Washington. Is legislative lightning about to strike twice?

“The Voting Rights Act accomplished quite a great deal but it didn’t fix everything,” says Costas Panagopoulos, head of Northeastern’s political science department. “Expanding the franchise has been an ongoing battle in this country.”

Northeastern will explore that issue further during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday ceremony on Jan. 17, A Tribute to the Dream: Voting Rights and the ‘Threat to Justice Everywhere.’ The live event starts at 3 p.m. ET and will be streamed on and Facebook.

Continue reading at News@Northeastern.

More Stories

B.B. King performs during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 28, 2013, in New Orleans.

The history of the blues in America is about more than just music, historian says ahead of Northeastern concert

Russell Jeung, San Francisco State University; Founder, Stop AAPI Hate, speaks during the Asian America and the World Lecture held in The Cabral Center: John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University on Sept. 27, 2021.

It’s been ‘a litany of lament.’ New speaker series sheds light on the history of anti-Asian hate.

Selenis Leyva attends the 'Orange Is The New Black' Final Season Premiere in New York.

Stand-up comedy and academic research converge in new speaker series ‘Latinxs and Comedy’

Featured Events