Any fun summer travel plans coming up? I actually don’t have any until September, but then I’ve got a wedding in Las Vegas, the Jewish holidays in Miami, and a 30th wedding anniversary trip to Aix-en-Provence, Israel and Amsterdam!
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Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Voting Rights Act of 1965 Printable(** for Premium Members only)
On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Its purpose was to remove legal barriers at the state and municipal levels that prevented Black Americans from voting. Then in 2013, key aspects of the law were struck down by the Supreme Court. As the 50th anniversary of the original bill approaches, Congress is working on an amended version that would fix the enforcement issues caused by the Supreme Court two years ago.
History: Voting Rights Act
“After the U.S. Civil War (1861- 65), the 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibited states from denying a male citizen the right to vote based on ‘race, color or previous condition of servitude.’ Nevertheless, in the ensuing decades, various discriminatory practices were used to prevent African Americans, particularly those in the South, from exercising their right to vote.” Visit History for an overview of the Voting Rights Act explained with videos, articles and speeches.
Leadership Conference: Voting Rights Act
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition of more than 200 U.S. organizations promoting and protecting civil rights. “Congress has reauthorized the VRA four times, most recently in 2006, when both the House and the Senate approved the measure overwhelmingly in a bipartisan manner. Congress conducted more than 20 hearings, heard from more than 90 expert witnesses, and collected more than 15,000 pages of testimony documenting the continued need for and constitutionality of the statute.”
New York Times: Between the Lines of the Voting Rights Act Opinion
This interactive special from the New York Times explains the 2015 Supreme Court decision that held part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. “The decision in Shelby County v. Holder revolves around Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which establishes a ‘coverage formula’ to determine which states and local governments fall under Section 5, and therefore need to get approval before changing their voting laws.” Suitable for high-school students, grownups, and lawyer wannabes.
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Quote of the Week
“If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.” ~~ Sojourner Truth ~~ (~1797 – 1883) Black American abolitionist and women’s rights advocate, born a slave. Get inspired with more Sojourner Truth quotes.
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