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Bucks County Community College hosts voting rights panel discussion


To commemorate Black History Month, Bucks County Community College invites the public to a Voting Rights Forum at noon Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Newtown Campus and online.

“The 15th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote in 1870, but even with this Constitutional right, it was denied to most African Americans until the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965,” said Kevin L. Antoine, the college’s associate vice president of external affairs and chief diversity officer. “It’s vital that we remain vigilant to protect voting rights in order to sustain our democracy.”

Antoine will moderate the discussion with the following panelists: state Rep. Joe Hogan, 142nd District; Diane Ellis-Marseglia, Bucks County commissioner and member of the Board of Elections; and John Jordan, first vice president, Bucks County NAACP.

The discussion gets underway in the Gallagher Room, located in the Rollins Center of the Newtown Campus at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown. The panel discussion will also be streamed live online to those who register in advance at

The event is sponsored by the college’s Office of External Affairs and DEI Programs, and is among several educational forums at Bucks County Community College to encourage dialogue on issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. To learn more, visit or contact

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