Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined the Greater Tangipahoa Parish NAACP Branch in sending a letter to the Tangipahoa School District outlining concerns that the current district map used to elect members to the Tangipahoa Parish School Board may violate Section Two of the Voting Rights Act. In our letter, we urge the school board to take seriously its obligation to ensure that voters of color have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect candidates of their choice. Based on demographics alone, Tangipahoa’s Black community is severely underrepresented on the school board. LDF is urging the School Board to consider school board plans that ensure non-dilution of Black voting strength in Tangipahoa Parish.
Read the full letter here.
On December 6, 2021, LDF sent this letter to the Tangipahoa School Board expressing concern that the Tangipahoa Parish School Board Policy Committee may act on flawed testimony offered during the Committee’s November 2, 2021 meeting.
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