Today, on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we reflect on the sacrifices of the brave men and women who fought to make sure everyone, regardless of skin color, had the right to vote.
We are standing on the shoulders of civil rights activists like our very own Congressman Jim Clyburn, Modjeska Monteith Simkins, Fannie Lou Hammer, Congressman John Lewis and many, many, more who risked their lives because they knew the right to vote is the most sacred and powerful right we have.
Despite the gains we’ve made, the struggle continues. Congress needs to pass a new Voting Rights Act because every day Republicans are coming up with new ways to make voting harder. Yesterday’s poll taxes, citizenship tests are today’s voter ID laws and early voting restrictions.
Let’s use today to continue the conversation about why voting rights are fundamental to our democracy. Use #VRA50 on Twitter and tell us why you’re celebrating today’s anniversary.
— Jaime Harrison, SCDP Chair