Culver Center hosts event to highlight the struggle for voting rights


Abby Ludwig

Students gather in the quad in front of the chapel to watch the screening.

by Abby Ludwig, Staff Reporter

A screening of the PBS documentary “The Vote” was played outside on the quad between Hillman and Mary Berry Hall last Tuesday night.

Senior and Culver Center UGA, Katie Cardoza, and Director of the Culver Center, Seth Andersen, were in charge of the viewing of the PBS documentary “The Vote.” The screening included three separate clips that were selected by Cardoza and Andersen from the four-hour-long documentary. The viewing lasted from about 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Clubs involved in sponsoring the event were Pride, the Multicultural Student Alliance, the Feminist Club, Latinos Unidos and the Black Student Union.

The screening was socially distanced by using large beach rings put on the ground. 

“The idea is to keep your family unit together and distanced from other family units,” Cardoza said.

The documentary discusses the women’s suffrage movement and how women in the 20th-century fought for and eventually won the right to vote.

“We selected about an hour’s worth of clips that focus on racism and racist discrimination within the movement, how it separated itself from the black suffrage movement,” Cardoza said. “And then about some of the treatment women underwent when they were protesting and in jail.”

Between each clip, speakers from different clubs on campus who helped sponsor the event talked briefly about the clip, then had people have group discussions with their family unit based on questions the speakers asked.

The speakers were students Taylor Williams, Luwam Kidane, Daniel Estrada and Katie Cardoza. 

“It’s the centennial of the adoption of the 19th amendment,” Anderson said. “The American Experience PBS producers reached out to college campuses all across the country earlier this year to schedule advanced screenings from the documentary before it aired nationally in July.”

Andersen said they chose to show the documentary in honor of the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement.

“Hundreds of colleges around the country are doing these kinds of screenings,” Andersen said. “Most of them [the screenings] are virtual, but we’re lucky to be back in session safely, and we’re lucky that we can actually do an outdoor event, this is like our only face-to-face event of the whole fall.”

Andersen and Cardoza were initially planning to do the documentary’s screening on March 30, 2020, but had to delay because of COVID-19.