Core Values

XIX: Shall Not Be Denied is a collaborative partnership of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Department of State to amplify events and programs in 2020 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

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The core values guiding the initiative are:


The work will be accessible to all Rhode Islanders who want to plan or attend events and programs commemorating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment.

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The initiative will have relevance to contemporary issues that impact our community’s ability to exercise civil rights, including voting.

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Programs and projects will be inclusive of diverse perspectives and acknowledge the gaps in the traditional narrative of women’s suffrage, and further dialogue on voting rights in the United States.

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Our work will empower Rhode Islanders from all backgrounds to engage with history, draw inspiration and lessons from the past, and take action for a stronger, more connected future.

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Commemorating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment requires a mindset and set of practices that center and prioritize diversity.

We acknowledge that all organizations will provide unique perspectives on this anniversary, which will enrich our understanding of its importance and the work that remains to be done.

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