Tag: voting rights act

In Selma, Obama proved that he is ‘black enough’

In Selma, Obama proved that he is ‘black enough’

| March 11, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NEW ANALYSIS SELMA, Ala. (NNPA)–Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama was dogged by one question: Is he black enough? The question was repeated so often that after showing up late for an appearance at the 2008 annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists in Las […]

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Supreme Court’s Shelby ruling makes Selma a ‘footnote’

Supreme Court’s Shelby ruling makes Selma a ‘footnote’

| March 7, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–As Washington lawmakers, local officials and activists were preparing to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to observe the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala., some civil rights leaders were wanting them to remember that voting rights are still under attack. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., […]

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Rainbow PUSH’s Fincher offers ride to Selma celebration

Rainbow PUSH’s Fincher offers ride to Selma celebration

| March 3, 2015

FORT WAYNE—The Rev. Dr. Isaac Fincher, president of the local Rainbow PUSH organization, plans to attend the events in Selma, Ala. commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He is scheduled to depart Fort Wayne on March 6 and return March 8. If you are […]

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Civil rights leaders upset over non-Voting Rights Act hearing

Civil rights leaders upset over non-Voting Rights Act hearing

| February 24, 2015

By James Wright Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, he sparked controversy on Jan. 14 saying that, “The Voting Rights Amendment Act”–which would restore the preclearance requirement by the Justice Department for states mainly in the South–“is not necessary.” He has decided […]

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Black voters in South face new threats

| September 4, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Despite major advances to access to the ballot box nearly 50 years after the passage of Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), blacks, living primarily in the South and Southwest, continued to face challenges at the ballot box, according to National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR) report. “Though […]

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Civil rights groups push Ferguson residents to polls

| September 2, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–In the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and the social and political unrest that followed, civil rights leaders have urged citizens of the St. Louis County suburb to transform their community at the […]

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Black voters not apathetic

Black voters not apathetic

| May 20, 2014

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist The 2014 election year should be a voting “payback” year for Black America. Elected officials and politicians across America who have voted and acted against the economic, political and social interests of the black American community should be voted out of office in the November 2014 midterm elections. […]

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Voting Rights advocates try to put oversight back on map

| March 6, 2014

  By Kara Brandeisky Special to the NNPA from ProPublica When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law. But while Congress deliberates, activists are turning again to the courts: At least 10 lawsuits have the […]

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