The Black Vote Delivered the 2020 Election While Still Fighting for Voting Rights

March On Washington

We are at a crossroads, and the direction we take will shape this nation for generations to come. It’s time our representatives show up for us.

Earlier last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, also known as H.R. 4. This bill would restore significant provisions of the Voting Rights Act which were gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. While this is welcomed news, no Republicans in the House voted in favor of H.R. 4, and it faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

The party’s refusal to support the bill named for John Lewis comes on the heels of Republican obstruction of the For The People Act.

The party’s refusal to support the bill named for John Lewis comes on the heels of Republican obstruction of the For The People Act, which aims to protect early voting and mail-in voting, end the gerrymandering of congressional districts and more. At the same time, state GOP legislators across the country have proposed hundreds of bills that threaten the fundamental right to vote. It is why this weekend, we “March On for Voting Rights.”

Voting Rights Front And Center on 58th Anniversary of March on Washington

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On Aug. 28, my organization, National Action Network, and Martin Luther King III will be joined by civil rights advocates, elected officials, clergy, activists, labor leaders and concerned citizens as we demonstrate in the nation’s capital to demand protections for voting rights. The intergenerational and multicultural assembly will march past the White House on Black Lives Matter Plaza and culminate with a rally on the National Mall. There will be simultaneous sister marches in cities that include Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix.

Coinciding with the anniversary of the 1963 March On Washington, which featured the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as speaker, our demonstration and rally will continue Dr. King’s fight for voting rights, justice and equality. It was through the intense sacrifice and work of people such as Dr. King, and other foot soldiers such as John Lewis and Hosea Williams that Congress eventually took action and passed bills such as the Voting Rights Act which were then signed into law.AMIBC® - VOTE! BE COUNTED! BE HEARD!


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