Months before President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, Martin Luther King Jr. told an audience of thousands in Selma, Ala., and millions more on radios and televisions across the country, that “the Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave Negroes some part of their rightful dignity, but without the vote it was dignity without strength.”
This year the Supreme Court justices will determine if that strength, the power to effect change, will be endangered. They will decide whether the most egregious era of voter suppression will be allowed to repeat itself. Even if we lose this battle, the fight for voting rights is far from over, and we are confident that victory is in reach.
Benjamin Todd Jealous is the president and CEO of the NAACP.
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