Voting importance stressed at Tougaloo event - - Jackson, MS

Voting importance stressed at Tougaloo event

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The right to vote - it's extremely important and it didn't come easy for African Americans.

That was a part of the message in Thursday night's interactive voter education event and learning experience at Tougaloo College.

Panelists included veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement in a discussion called Voting Narratives and Activities, Blood, Body Count and Betrayal.

"So we want them to understand and feel the blood that was shed," said Timothy Howard, assistant professor of political science at Tougaloo College. "To envision the dogs, envision the water hoses and to understand and to have a deep sense of appreciation; a deep sense of obligation when it comes to voting."

The community was also invited and students who exercise their right to vote will receive extra credit.

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