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The Continued Impact of the 13th Amendment

CSU hosts panel discussion on legacy of emancipation on voting and incarceration

On Tuesday, October 22, Cleveland State University’s Black Studies Program will present a panel discussion and community conversation on the continued legacy of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. The event will utilize the Ava Duverney film 13th to assess the legacy of emancipation and continued issues surrounding the high incidence of incarceration and poverty as well as the lack of voter efficacy among African Americans.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 12 p.m. in the Levin College of Urban Affairs’ Dively Auditorium, room 112. It is a component of Project 400: Our Lived Experience, a year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first Africans being brought to Jamestown, VA.

Panelists will include Dr. Adrienne Gosselin, associate professor of English at CSU, Dr. Karen Sotiropoulos, associate professor of history at CSU, Michelle B. Jackson, voter program coordinator for NOVA-NEO Advocates, and Seti Richardson, program director for Circle for Re-Entry Ohio.

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