Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. played a pivotal role in securing voting rights for all Americans. The ‘Voting Rights Act’ signed into law August 6, 1965 was a landmark piece of federal legislation, meant to prohibit racial discrimination in voting.
Fast forward 2016 where voting rights are still at the forefront of the political debates, as legislative measures by state continue to threaten disenfranchisement in subtle, but damaging ways. The dream for all U.S. citizens continues. Dr. Martin Luther King’s words still ring loudly with truth today, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. We all want our country to rise to the level of greatness that supports equality and inclusiveness, and dismiss divisive tactics that bridge us apart. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, “We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish as fools”.
Article updates January 16, 2017: Tonya R, Creator
The History: Federal Voting Rights Laws
ExpressYourselfBlog’s recommended article by Erin M. Kerrinson, Criminology, Law, and Society: THE COLOR OF SUFFRAGE: Voter Disenfranchisement, Power Threat Hypotheses and Modern Democracy
Recent evidence of discriminatory practices in voting laws in the state of North Carolina:
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