Posts Tagged ‘voting rights act of 1965’

The U.S. Supreme Court once again held hearings today on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. At issue: a provision that prevents discriminatory voting practices in several states, where these practices were once common, and requires these states to get approval from the Justice Department before changing any voting procedures, especially those that could suppress voting among people of […]


Pioneering African-American historian John Hope Franklin died yesterday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 94 in Durham, NC, at Duke Hospital. Franklin’s 1947 book, From Slavery to Freedom, is considered a masterpiece in chronicling the Black experience in America. Born in 1915 in all-black Rentiesville, Okla., Franklin’s father was a lawyer and his mother, […]


  The U.S. Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act of 1965 this week with its new ruling, which now allows race to be considered in drawing electoral boundaries only when minority voters represent 50% of a single district. Black people were hurt by this ruling, which reverses a measure that was meant to help minorities elect their […]