Norton to Speak at 54th Anniversary Celebration of the Voting Rights Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at the 54th anniversary celebration of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) today, Tuesday, August 6th, outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at 7:00 p.m. Norton has brought her work in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the 1963 March on Washington during the Civil Rights Movement to Congress to ensure that the laws she fought to have enacted are enforced.
“The work of the historic Voting Rights Act, which ensured that African Americans had equal access to the ballot box, is not finished,” Norton said. “As organizers in the Civil Rights Movement, we fought hard, and others gave their lives to ensure that right. The Shelby ruling gutted the VRA and dozens of states have since placed new restrictions on voting. When Congress returns, I will reintroduce my resolution calling on Congress to update the VRA, especially to ensure that states with a history of discrimination pre-clear new voting provisions with the Justice Department before they take effect.”
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WHAT: Congresswoman Norton speaks at the 54th anniversary celebration of the Voting Rights Act
WHEN: Today, August 6th at 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC