Black Leaders React to Supreme Blow to Voting Rights Act

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  • A Sad Day for Civil Rights
  • President Obama
  • Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Marc Morial, National Urban League
  • Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman Emeritus
  • Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network
  • Wade Henderson, Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Ben Jealous, NAACP
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Judith Browne Dianis, The Advancement Project
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
  • Sen. William "Mo" Cowan (D-Massachusetts)

President Obama

"I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent." 


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