Television Film Preview and Discussion - Willie Velásquez: Your Vote is Your Voice
National Archives at Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
6:00 p.m. reception/6:30 p.m. film
Throughout American history, Latinos were often kept from the ballot box through the use of poll taxes, gerrymandering, and outright intimidation. With his rallying cry of “su voto es su voz,” (your vote is your voice), Willie Velásquez started a grassroots movement in the 1970s that resulted in the registration of millions of Latino voters and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote. Willie Velásquez: Your Voice is Your Vote chronicles Willie’s journey from radical student activist to respected statesman, and examines the history of the Latino vote as well as contemporary issues facing Latinos today, including the 2016 presidential election. This program is presented in partnership with Kansas City Public Television; Latino Public Broadcasting; Hispanic Coalition/Chamber of Commerce; Kansas City Hispanic Business Political Action Committee; and the Young Latino Professionals.
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