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Empowering Black and Brown Voters: Fireside Chat with Black Voters Matter Co-Founder LaTosha Brown

Wednesday, March 20 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Holmes Lounge
Ridgley Hall and Holmes Lounge, St. Louis, MO 63105

As we approach another critical federal election year, many states, including Missouri, have passed laws that make it harder to vote by enacting strict voter ID laws and shortening voting periods, among other strategies. These efforts have kept eligible voters from the polls, disproportionately impacting racial minorities, young and elderly voters, and people of lower socioeconomic status.

How can we empower a younger and more diverse electorate in the face of these voter suppression tactics? What does it mean to champion good civic engagement habits? We invite you to consider this question and many others.  

Join WashU Votes, the Association of Black Students, and the Social Programming Board on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Holmes Lounge for a fireside chat with Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown. Please RSVP via the Gephardt website.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Society



Engage Democracy 2024 Election Series
Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Event Contact

Otto Brown

Speaker Information

LaTosha Brown is an award-winning visionary thought leader, institution builder, Cultural Activist and Artist, and Connector. She is a nationally recognized, “go-to” expert in Black Voting Rights and Voter Suppression, Black Women’s Empowerment, and Philanthropy. Her voice is the nexus between the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, and Black Lives Matter.

“There is power in my voice! It is a divine gift that I use to connect different worlds. I bridge the philanthropy world to the grassroots community, traditional politics to grassroots politics, and practitioners to the scholarship of movement building.”

LaTosha is the Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute. These initiatives are designed to boost Black voter registration and turnout, as well as increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities.

LaTosha is also the Visionary, Founder and Co-Anchor of a regional network called the Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium. This is $100 million, 10-year initiative to invest in organizations that serve Black women and girls. The goal of the consortium is to create a new approach to philanthropy by allowing every component of the program, inception to execution,
to be created by Black girls and women in the South. Ms. Brown is also the 2020 Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, the 2020 Leader in Practice at Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program, and a 2020-2021 American Democracy fellow at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard.

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