Support Voting Rights

To students, faculty, and staff,

I am writing to share with you a message (below) that I sent today to Bowdoin alumni and parents.

All the best,


Dear Bowdoin alumni and parents,

This morning, in the wake of a recently enacted law in Georgia, more than seventy Black business leaders called on American companies to oppose efforts underway in many states to pass similar legislation that will suppress the vote and limit the franchise of Black Americans.

This effort is led by Ken Chenault ’73, H ’96. As we announced yesterday, Ken will be honored in the fall with The Bowdoin Prize, the College’s highest honor. He is joined in the effort to oppose voting restrictions by a number of individuals with strong ties to Bowdoin, including honorary degree recipients Ann Fudge H’20 and Darren Walker H’16, parents Lionel Nowell P’12 and Charles Phillips P’18, and Mellody Hobson, who will speak here on April 21.

Voting is the lifeblood of our democracy and is the most nonpartisan of issues. And yet, as the message from these business leaders so vividly reminds us, we have a terrible history in this country of systematically preventing Black citizens from voting. Here we are again. I am writing this morning to ask you to support Ken and his colleagues in the effort to move companies to oppose these bills across the country and to protect the fundamental right of access to the ballot box for all Americans.

Thank you.