On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Forty-seven years later, the U.S. is embroiled in a controversy over Voter ID laws that have been passed in several states, and which critics say could prevent millions of Americans from voting this year. Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson sent out a press statement today, making just that point. The statement read:
â€œToday, we commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a historic milestone in the Civil Rights Movement. So many people died so that we could have the right to vote. I never thought that in my lifetime we would have to fight again for our Constitutional right to vote. Continue reading
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is the countryâ€™s first and foremost civil and human rights law firm.Â Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nationâ€™s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality.Â From that era to the present, LDFâ€™s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.
As the legal arm of the civil rights movement, LDF has a tradition of expert legal advocacy in the Supreme Court and other courts across the nation.Â LDFâ€™s victories established the foundations for the civil rights that all Americans enjoy today.Â In its first two decades, LDF undertook a coordinated legal assault against officially enforced public school segregation.Â Continue reading