the Voting Rights Act of 1965

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It’s election year again and nobody cares

By Ezekiel Caligiuri

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When the 14th Amendment of the Constitution was enacted, it was supposed to grant all persons “born or naturalized” in the United States as citizens. This still didn’t include women or members of racial or ethnic groups, not considered whole people. It wasn’t until 1870, when the 15th Amendment was passed where it became illegal to prohibit any male citizen from their right to vote because of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It wasn’t until 1920 when the 19th Amendment was passed, granting women the right to vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was supposed to make voting more accessible for the marginalized society. Continue Reading →

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March on Washington revisited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Marc H. Morial

Guest Commentator

 

“Almost 50 years ago, I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote. I am not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us.” — Representative John Lewis at the 50th anniversary March on Washington

 

Last weekend tens of thousands of citizens from around the country converged at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and to dedicate themselves to a continuation of the fight for jobs, voting rights and a host of other challenges that are having a disproportionate impact on African Americans and other communities of color. Just as 50 years ago the National Urban League was on the front lines of last week’s March activities, I had the honor of addressing the multitude from the same location that Dr. King and Whitney Young did during the 1963 March. Approximately 5000 Urban Leaguers and friends marched with us to the Lincoln Memorial in a pre-march rally. We came in full force. Continue Reading →

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