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The Birmingham News: Voting Rights Act still vital, representatives of Shelby County blacks tell judge11/26/10
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department and civil rights advocates representing black voters in Shelby County have asked a federal judge to uphold the historic Voting Rights Act as a fair and still-necessary deterrent to bias at the ballot box.
Through educational efforts, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund launched a website and campaign geared toward encouraging minority citizens to get involved in their local redistricting processes.
The longest Samuel Johnson has ever been able to give up menthol cigarettes is three months. Every time he tries to quit, he said, that cool, minty flavor that first drew him and other African-American smokers to menthols lures him back.
Alabama case threatens to have ‘heart’ of VRA declared unconstitutional
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is debating a ban on menthol cigarettes as their slightly minty taste can cover up tobacco's harshness. That touched off a firestorm of debate within the African-American community. About 80 percent of black smokers prefer menthol cigarettes compared with 22 percent of white smokers. The civil rights group Congress of Racial Equality says a ban would be unfair, but the NAACP disagrees. Host Michel Martin speaks with John Payton, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Deron Snyder who has written about this issue.