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This Think Forum lecture is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland (LWVGC) - serving voters in Cuyahoga County and celebrating its centennial year of empowering voters and defending democracy.

Think Forum: Oct. 22, 2020, 6 p.m.

Martha S. Jones - Author, Historian, Professor at The Johns Hopkins University 

Topic: Vanguard: African American Women and the Road from Suffrage to Voting Rights

Presented as the Carl W. Ubbelohde Lecture in partnership with the CWRU History Associates and the Department of History

Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy.  

Professor Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020) and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018). Her writing frequently appears in other publications, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, Public Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Time. In addition, she has collaborated on a variety of museum, film and video productions.

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