WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will host 30 public and private school students and teachers from the DC Metro area, grades 9-12. There is no charge for teachers or students to participate in this event.
This year's Avoice Student Workshop will coincide with 2010 Congress Week and will focus on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and its subsequent amendments and reauthorizations over the last 45 years. High school students and their teachers will explore the history of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through this interactive workshop at the Capitol Visitors Center. The workshop will feature activities from the Voting Rights Act Lesson Unit available through the Avoice Virtual Library's For Educators Section at www.avoiceonline.org as well as a tour of the Capitol. Lunch will be provided for the students and teachers.
Felicia Bell, (Ph.D., Director of Education and Outreach for the U.S. Capitol Historical Society) will lead the workshop and Representative Mel Watt (NC-12) will make remarks.
The event takes place Wednesday, September 15th, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC: Capitol Visitor Center North Meeting Room
Schools participating in the event are,
Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School – Washington, DC
Phelps High School – Washington, DC
Calvin Coolidge High School – Washington, DC
Woodrow Wilson Senior High School – Washington, DC
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School – Alexandria, VA
Northwest Center – Reston, VA
Avoice: African American Voices in Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Virtual Library is the central, online source of information about African American political and legislative participation. It is a valuable tool for researchers, educators and students - offering users free access to a unique collection of content on the role of African Americans in shaping democracy in the United States. Through its extensive online archives, public programs, and educational resources, the Avoice Virtual Library Project aims to cultivate public discourse and scholarship on African-American leadership in American representative government and to promote civic engagement.