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Madison College's Black Student Union hosts panel discussion on voting rights

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison College's Black Student Union is marking Black History Month with a discussion on campus over voting rights. 

The event called Black and Brilliant 2018 was hosted at the campus on Thursday. It featured a panel discussion with prominent politicians and leaders in the Madison area community, including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell, Bishop Harold Rayford, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Dane County Judge Everett Mitchell, former state representative Mandela Barnes, motivational speaker Sabrina Madison and director of youth programming at GSAFE Ali Muldrow.

"We're hoping to be able to educate through this panel to make sure that students and community members can learn how to vote, or where to go, and how to get started and learn how to find out who the candidates are," said Shannon Hintz, co-vice president of Black Student Union at Madison College.

Organizers say they're hoping to unite students and faculty on campus to promote voting rights. 

"We want them to know that they are welcome and they are accepted here anywhere in Madison, anywhere in Wisconsin, anywhere in the U.S., anywhere in the world," said Kiana Johnson, another co-vice president of the union. 

Click here for more information on the Black Student Union. 

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