Can The Voting Rights Act Survive?

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A supporter of the Voting Rights Act rallies in the South Carolina State House on February 26, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Ari Berman, political correspondent for The Nation and an investigative journalism fellow at The Nation Institute talks about the legacy of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America charts how the VRA enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement, yet fifty years later, lawmakers are devising new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth, and the Supreme Court declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.


Ari Berman will be speaking at The New America Foundation, 156 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, August 5 at 6:30 p.m.