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New Brunswick to Take Part in National Lighting Celebration: 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote

Lighting the Country in Purple and Gold to Celebrate 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote on August 26!

New Brunswick is one of many municipalities across the country that will join the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) initiative, in partnership with federal, state, and local leaders, to illuminate the country in purple and gold on Wednesday, August 26 in celebration of 100 years of the 19th Amendment and women's constitutional right to vote. Local sites that will be draped by purple and gold lights will be: The Buccleuch Mansion, the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, the Heldrich Hotel, the Wellness Deck, and the Rutgers YARD. 

The Forward Into Light campaign is named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, "Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light." The August 26 date marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment became fully certified into the U.S. Constitution, effecting the single largest expansion of voting rights in our nation's history.

Institutions nationwide have committed to illuminating their structures to honor the suffragists who lobbied, marched, picketed, and protested for the right to the ballot, never giving up on the fight for equality. National buildings and landmarks that will light up in purple and gold at nightfall on August 26 include The White House, One World Trade Center, Niagara Falls, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, Smithsonian museums, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Library of Congress Jefferson Building, the National Archives Building, and presidential libraries, and more than 50 National Park Service sites across the U.S. plan to join the celebration.

Historical photographs and photos of buildings lit in purple and gold are available here.

You can interact as well! 
The WSCC has partnered with Snapchat to virtually commemorate the Forward Into Light campaign. 
Starting on August 26, Snapchatters will be able to use augmented reality lenses to apply a purple and gold gradient to their surroundings and add their photos to a digital mosaic of suffragists inspired by the WSCC's Our Story: Portraits of Change mosaic, created by artist Helen Marshall.

Also on August 26, 2020, share photos of your illuminated buildings on social media platforms using the hashtag #ForwardIntoLight, and submit photos here to be included in the WSCC's official Forward Into Light online album.

Learn more about Forward Into Light and sign up to participate at www.womensvote100.org/forwardintolight

The WSCC was created by Congress to coordinate the nationwide commemoration during the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was officially signed into the U.S. Constitution on Aug. 26, 1920. The amendment prohibits the United States or any state from denying the right to vote based on sex, protecting women's access to the ballot in the Constitution. Led by a bipartisan group of 14 women leaders, the WSCC has a nonpartisan mission to ensure Americans across the country have the opportunity to participate in the centennial and to learn about this important but often overlooked history. Learn more about the WSCC and its initiatives at www.womensvote100.org.