A panel discussion and commemoration of a historic federal court case that changed Chattanooga’s city government has been canceled due to recent storm-related complications.
The U.S. District Court Eastern Tennessee Historical Society had planned a program at the Chattanooga Theatre Center today at 4:30 p.m. The event will be rescheduled, said Max Bahner, society member.
Brown v. City of Chattanooga was a federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit that U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar ruled on in 1989. The case changed Chattanooga’s form of government from at-large elections to district elections in an effort to better represent minority populations, according to newspaper archives.
Attorneys in the case, Edgar and state Rep. Tommie Brown, one of the plaintiffs, were scheduled to speak, along with legal experts.
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