Alabama has a long record of voter suppression against black people. It is a record that Martin Luther King Jr. knew intimately. It has been close to 50 years since King’s assassination, but unfortunately, we are still fighting against the same forces that have kept black voters away from the ballot box.
This past special election for U.S. Senate saw an unexpectedly high turnout from black voters, which shows that we can rise above these suppression attempts. However, we should not have to.
Congress needs to restore the Voting Rights Act to protect the voting rights for all Americans.