Eighth grade study of voting rights, in 1965 and today
above: the Class of 2022 has a meeting at the steps of the Alabama capitol
Each year, on the Civil Rights Trip to Georgia and Alabama, Gordon's eighth graders meet with citizens who have dedicated much of their lives to defend the right to vote.
above: the Class of 2022 with Joanne Bland in front of the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma
Last year’s group met Joanne Bland, who risked her life joining the 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery.
above: staff at the New Georgia Project talking with the Class of 2022 at their offices in Atlanta
They also met with young organizers at the New Georgia Project who are working tirelessly to make sure that historically underrepresented communities are included in Georgia’s democratic process.
Next April, this year’s eighth grade can expect to hear alarmingly fresh stories of voter suppression when they visit Georgia and Alabama.
If all goes well tomorrow, they will also hear stories of record voter turnout.
Tomorrow is Election Day. When a Gordon eighth grader asks you if you voted, you’ll want to be able to say “yes.”