Suppressed: The Fight to Vote
Screening and Q&A
People Get Ready and the Greater New Haven NAACP are proud to co-sponsor a screening of Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a new documentary about voter suppression across the state of Georgia during the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S.
This screening (40 min) will be supported by pre-screening framing comments (10 min) and post-screening Q&A facilitation (20-30 min) by Brittney Yancy, an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Goodwin College with expertise on 20th century social movements, black radicalism, critical race theory, women’s activism, and black women’s political and intellectual history. The Greater New Haven NAACP also will be present to discuss voter registration/education efforts heading into this 2020 election.
Don't miss what promises to be an important, engaging event where Brittney will help audience members draw connections between the film's important content and our shared local context here in Connecticut.
Full film description and full bio below.
Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, the new documentary by Robert Greenwald (Director of Outfoxed, Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, & the NRA) weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. The issues Georgians faced included polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and a host of voter ID issues – all of which disproportionately prevented many students and people of color from casting their ballots. Suppressed: The Fight to Vote features experts, poll watchers and everyday Georgians speaking to the reality of voter suppression and the threat it poses in 2020. In a race that was ultimately decided by 54,723 votes, the film exposes that the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege in America
Brittney Yancy is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Special Collections Curriculum Coordinator at Goodwin College and doctoral candidate in U.S. History at the University of Connecticut. Professor Yancy’s research interests focus on 20th century social movements, black radicalism, critical race theory, women’s activism, and black women’s political and intellectual history. Her publications include a book chapter in Latino America: State-By-State (Greenwood Press, 2008), entries in the Encyclopedia for African American History (Oxford University Press, 2009) and entries in The World of Jim Crow Encyclopedia (forthcoming Greenwood Press, 2019). In addition, she has published a book review of Forging Freedoms: Black and The Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston by Amita Myers in the Southern Historian Journal (2013). Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library Grant, Andrew W. Mellow Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and National Council of Black Studies. Her honors include being selected as one of the 2017 100 Women of Color in Hartford, UCONN Women of Color Award, and a host of awards from the National Council of Black Studies and the University of Connecticut. She belongs to several professional organizations, including National Council of Black Studies and the Association for the Study of African American History and Culture.
Professor Yancy is an intersectional scholar-activist and committed to fighting for a gender inclusive movement for racial justice. In 2018, she was appointed the Greater Hartford Ambassador to the United State of Women, and is currently working across the state of Connecticut for full gender equity.