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2 legends of Civil Rights Movement to speak at MTSU

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Two legends of the Civil Rights Movement will be in the mid-state this week to discuss present-day civil rights challenges.

The Rev. James Lawson and the Rev. C.T. Vivian are scheduled to speak Thursday at Middle Tennessee State. Both men were trusted advisers to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and both were deeply involved in the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

The Voting Rights act was signed into law 50 years ago to ensure citizens can’t be denied the right to vote based on race. Key provisions of the law were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013.

Here’s what C.T. Vivian recently had to say during an interview with the program Democracy Now.

“America talks about Democracy, but they kept us from voting for years. And even when they give us the vote on paper, politically they turn around and take the important part of what we fought for and what they said they were giving.”

Thursday’s program at MTSU is set for 2:30 p.m. at Tucker Theatre and is open to the public.