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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Justice for All: South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement

Join us for an exclusive guided tour of the new justice exhibit. Be at the Thomas Cooper, Hollings Special Collections Library by 11:00 on Wednesday, March 13, (during spring break at USC).

"Justice for All: South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement" covers a broad time span, from Reconstruction through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and uses a wide variety of media--including recordings, film clips, photographs, diaries, and manuscripts--to highlight historical events in the history of the movement. The exhibit items fill 30 glass cases and utilize all the exhibit spaces in the Special Collections Libraries. Major themes in the exhibit include voting rights, educational justice, and desegregation.

After the tour, a room will be available for League members to discuss the exhibit and the issues presented. For those wanting to have lunch on campus, the Russell House, across the courtyard from the Thomas Cooper Library, will have options available.

Public Policy Luncheon

Did you miss our public policy luncheon Number of mid-term voters rises significantly.or just want a refresher on Professor Tompkins's lecture? He was kind enough to share his slides with us, which you can view in two parts: here and here.

The Surprising History of Gerrymandering

This video gives a history gerrymandering, a process that draws districts in such a way to ensure legislators pick their voters instead of voters picking their legislators.

Public Transportation

This video explains the history of public transportation in the US and why we must do better going forward. The Comet bus, Columbia, SC

Who We Are

The LWV of the Columbia Area represents members living in Richland and Lexington Counties. Membership in our league is open to all persons living in the Columbia area aged 16 and older.

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Special Members

Sarah Leverette and Keller Barron honored by USC Sarah Leverette and Keller Baron are lifetime members of the Leage of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. Their papers, letters, and records were placed in the USC Political Collections Library. They were honored with a celebration on March 10, 2016, at the Hollings Special Collections Library. The event honored the creation of the Sarah Leverette Collection.