The Voting Rights Act and American Democracy

Thursday, July 25, 2013

In June, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the Voting Rights Act of 1965, making it legal for nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without seeking federal approval. Gary May tells the history of the Voting Rights Act and the civil rights workers who fought for justice. In Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy, May describes how black voters overcame centuries of bigotry to secure and preserve their right to register and to vote. He also explains the what Supreme Court ruling means and he discusses renewed efforts to curb voting rights to minorities.


Gary May

Comments [5]

Gary Brocks

Thank you for this show. The story behind the voting rights act should be known by every citizen. The opportunity for understanding and compassion would be revitalized. The ignorance of that story supports the kind of social and political decisions that have become more and more prevalent, decisions that seem to mirror the past, something that I never thought I would see.

Jul. 25 2013 03:04 PM

jf: Good point. As Emma Goldman quipped: "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."

Jul. 25 2013 01:08 PM
jf from REALITY

This is ridiculous. LET'S PRETEND VOTING MATTERS. The corporate coup is omnipotent, un corporately controlled parties like the Green party are not allowed to debate. WAKE UP! CORPORATE ARMAGEDDON!

Jul. 25 2013 12:43 PM

Republicans may be passing Voter ID laws in order to decrease the Democratic vote turnout but it will also have the effect of getting poor and minority folk to acquire Photo ID - something they should have to better their lives.

Jul. 25 2013 12:42 PM
Anonymous from Becky


Jul. 25 2013 12:21 PM

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