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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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Event Date(s):Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
A Discussion & Webcast on the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision
Earlier this month, the Brookings Institution's Governance Studies Program hosted a roundtable discussion of practitioners and academics to discuss the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder, which struck down an important provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, immobilizing the heart of the Act. NAACP LDF Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill discussed the future of voting rights for African American voters and other voters of color after the Shelby County decision. Ms. Ifill advocated for important steps forward after the Supreme Court's decision, including demanding that Congress respond by that creating a new Section 4(b); documenting potentially discriminatory state and local election changes in order to ascertain which formerly-covered places are quickly backtracking; and, using every existing method, including Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, to fight discriminatory changes that Section 5 otherwise would have prevented.
Click here to watch the web cast.
To let the NAACP Legal Defense Fund know about potentially discriminatory voting changes in your post-Section 5 jurisdiction, email us to let us know what you're seeing in your community.