Selma’s Promise in the Age of Obama: The Prospects for a New Democracy
In 1965, the Voting Rights Act ended legal, political apartheid for Negroes in America and expanded electoral opportunities for citizens whose rights to participate in a democratic society were suppressed based upon race, creed, gender and disability.
In Selma, Alabama, blacks and whites struggled for the right to vote in the heat of a racist regime. Fueled by faith communities, artists and an unshakable reliance upon the Constitution, civic rights workers waged a battle to reconcile American democracy to its intended purposes.
YET, has the potential of Selma been fully realized?
The presidential elections in 2000 and 2004 represented how far we must go in order to guarantee democracy for all—a more perfect union. What challenges confront us as we fight for full civic rights in 2015–the 50th anniversity of the Voting Rights Act–and beyond? What cultural or political resources might we employ to advance a fuller, mpre robust democracy. How do we assess Selma’s promise in the age of Obama?
How has the recent Supreme Court decision hampered our democracy?
In 2013 the Supreme Court of the United States of America struck down a key provision to the 1965 Voting Rights. It signalled to many states—especially in the South (Texas, North Carolina, and Florida) that voting was somehow a priviledge to be curtailed and limited and not a right to be protected.
RENEW THE Voting Rights Act
The Voting Rights Act must be renewed or million of voters will lose special protectsions at the polls. We must not let this happen. Call your local member of Congress to support legislative efforts now underway to Renew The Voting Rights Act.
Act locally to educate citizens about voting rights. Donate to New Democracy Coalition to support its local and national efforts to RENEW THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT.