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New Southern Poverty Law Center President: Securing Voting Rights Will Be A Top Priority For 2020

Margaret Huang is the Southern Poverty Law Center's new CEO and President.
Margaret Huang is the Southern Poverty Law Center's new CEO and President.
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On Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced plans to distribute the first-round grants to voting rights organizations across the Southern United States.

Twelve organizations across five states — including the New Georgia Project, ProGeorgia, and the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda — will receive $5.5 million in total.

This funding is part of a $30 million voter initiative the organization announced earlier this year.

In a recent conversation with “Closer Look” host Rose Scott, SPLC President and Chief Executive Officer Margaret Huang said voting rights is one of her main priorities for 2020, in addition to the organization’s founding principals.

Huang, who assumed her role as CEO in April, joined the program to share her goals for the SPLC amid protests, the pandemic, and recent internal changes within the nonprofit.

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To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.