Race, Religion, and the Assault on Voting Rights

Inaugural Event of the Georgetown University Center on Faith and Justice

November 17, 2021
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST
Location: Rafik B. Hariri Building Lohrfink Auditorium Map

This inaugural event of the Georgetown University Center on Faith and Justice examined the resurgence across the country of concerted efforts to undermine, discredit, and weaken our democracy. In just this year alone, 2021, lawmakers in 49 states across the country have introduced 425 bills that would restrict voting access. 30 of those 425 attempts to curtail voting rights have already succeeded. The strategy is intended to prevent changing demography from changing democracy. Voter suppression is a test of both democracy and faith. It is a deeply moral, religious, even theological test. Everything is at stake– not just equal citizenship but also the very future of democracy in this country. There is a battle raging for the soul of the nation. The battle is about the very question that Dr. King and countless others in the civil rights movement asked: Is this country truly willing to be a multi-racial democracy? Or, as Vincent Harding pointedly asked: “Is America Possible?”

This event explored those questions and themes in conversation with Senator Raphael Warnock and Representative Terri Sewell. The discussion was moderated by Rev. Jim Wallis, director of the Georgetown University Center on Faith and Justice.

This event was hosted by Georgetown University's Center on Faith and Justice and co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life; and the Office of Mission and Ministry.

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