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A Poll Tax By Any Other Name

Dana Sweeney Facing South
face photo of Black man Robert Peoples remembers when African Americans won the right to vote in Alabama back in 1965. More than 50 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, Robert Peoples cannot vote in the state of Alabama.

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

John Robert Lewis New York Times
Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, I was only 15

The Freedom Summer of 1964 Launched a Voting Rights Revolution

Ray Uyeda Teen Vogue
June marks the 55th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, when more than 700 college students - whose average age was 21 - traveled mostly from the North to Mississippi to work with local Black-led organizations to support their civil rights work.

MLK’s Radical Final Years

Fifty years ago Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated at age 39. This program looks back at the last three years of King’s life, beginning after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King set his eyes on radical new objectives, launching a Poor People’s Campaign and campaigning to stop the Vietnam War.

The West Weighs In; Arizona Voting Suppression Scandal

Robert Borosage; Ari Berman
Tuesday voters flooded to the polls and caucuses in Arizona, Idaho and Utah. Hillary Clinton won Arizona, but Sanders gained in the delegate count by swamping her in the Idaho and Utah caucuses, generating turnouts that overwhelmed caucus sites. Arizona lines were so long because election officials in Phoenix's Maricopa County, the largest in the state, reduced the number of polling places by 70 percent from 2012 to 2016, to just one polling place per every 21,000 voters

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Give Us the Ballot

Michael O'Donnell Barnes & Noble Review
The Voting Rights Act (VRA), passed by Congress in July, 1965 and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson fifty years ago this month, has had a storied history. This basic achievement of the Civil Rights Movement has also seen conservatives, including long-time anti VRA campaigner and now U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, fight it tooth and nail. Ari Berman tells this story, in a book Michael O'Donnell calls both a "depressing" and a "galvanizing" read.
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