At the City of Newton's MLK Day Celebration, spritual leaders called on people to take the time to watch Selma, a movie about African Americans' struggle for voting rights in the 1960's. In the spirit of that MLK Day suggestion and in honor of Black History Month, the NDCC is sponsoring a trip to the Embassy Theater in Waltham to see the 1:00 pm showing of Selma on Sunday, February 8. Please join us to view the film and for a discussion following at the Watch City Brewing Company. If you would like to reserve a discount ticket please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 997-2577.
From the State Party:
Today we honor the life of a man and the legacy of a movement that dared to face injustice and inequality with peaceful demonstration and compassion. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a future where the limits of a person’s success would be decided not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Through long years of struggle and strife, the civil rights movement prompted groundbreaking legislation barring the segregation of public facilities and banning tactics used to suppress the minority vote, eventually resulting in the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
That's why we’re launching the 1965 Project – a campaign to register 1,965 new voters between today and August 6th, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
Please join NDCC members to see a movie that highlights the difficult struggle for sufferage by black Americans in the deep south - we will se a matinee on Sunday, February 8. More information to follow.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In the spirit of equality and fairness for all who might like to serve in local government, members of the Newton Democratic City Committee voted overwhelmingly at their December General Meeting to endorse a proposed update to the Newton Charter that would change the title of Newton's legislative body from Board of Aldermen to City Council. Click here for additional details.