A program on the national Voting Rights Act, which marked its 50th anniversary last year, will take place Thursday at the Westport Library.

The free event is set for 7 p.m. in the library’s McManus Room.

Julian Madison, an associate professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University, will be the speaker. He will also talk about how 1964’s “Freedom Summer” helped to bring about change, and the status of Americans’ voting rights a half-century later, according to library publicity.

Madison is in his 20th year as a professor of history, and among his publications are “The Limits of American Power in the Philippines” and “The Importance of Jesse Owens and Joe Louis in the American Psyche.”

He has two manuscripts scheduled for publication next year: “A Death and Life Matter: Bruce Klunder and the Fight to End Segregated Schools in Cleveland, Ohio” and “The Changing Political Climate of Post-War America and the Desegregation of Sports, 1945-1952.”

He is also finishing a book on Philippine women in America.

He is on the national council for the American Association of University Professors, the National Association for Minority Professors, and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, a fraternal organization of history professors.

For information, call 203-291-4800, or check www.westportlibrary.org .