The 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act will be observed Tuesday at the University of Kentucky.
"The Foundation of a Democracy: Voting Rights, Past, Present & Future" — hosted by UK's Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the Singletary Center for the Arts recital hall, will begin at 1 p.m. with a speech by Dorothy Gilliam, who became the first female black reporter at the Washington Post in 1961. She grew up in Louisville.
At 7 p.m., Pulitzer Prize winner and former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham will present the inaugural Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture.
His presentation will be followed by a discussion of future developments with Kentucky Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen and other panelists.
KET will televise the symposium live on KET KY and KET.org/live, and will air highlights on KET2 and KET KY from Oct. 18-23.
All events are free and open to the public.