Congress Must Act to Protect the Fundamental Right to Vote—for All

Your Take: The NAACP’s chairman emeritus says it’s time for action on the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and other members of Congress introduce the Voting Rights Amendment Act on Jan. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C. DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES

The right to vote is fundamental and absolute, but our progress to achieve that right for all will take time. I urge Congress to take the next step and advance this critical legislation. As my slave-born grandfather would say: “Forward in the struggle!”

Julian Bond is chairman emeritus of the NAACP. He is a distinguished scholar in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor emeritus in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.

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