Lost In the Details: Comprised of many sections, the Voting Rights Act of 1965
ensures that discriminatory practices are no longer allowed to
disenfranchise voters, specifically African-Americans.
The Supreme Court is hearing a case to determine if certain sections,
the details, are still necessary in ensuring all citizens are easily able
to exercise their right to vote.
The seventh of March, this Thursday, will mark the 48th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. This seminal march, which was to travel 50 miles from Selma to Montgomery by first crossing Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, was birthed from the murder of civil rights protester Jimmie Lee Jackson and the inequalities of the voter registration polls. In the tradition of previous Civil Rights Movement marches, this was a non-violent march. It turned brutal when state and local police beat peaceful demonstrators with nightsticks, released teargas and mounted officers charged the crowd. From this, subsequent marches and relentless sacrifice was the Voting Rights Act finally passed in 1965.
Since my mom was born and raised in Alabama, I’ve spent a great deal of town in Alabama. Yet, I had never been to Selma. During my most recent trip South, it was imperative for me to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on foot, the site of Bloody Sunday. Early Thanksgiving morning, my dad, hubs and I made the trek to Selma and embarked on a spiritual journey.