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)

Attorney General Eric Holder

"Our country has changed for the better since 1965 but the destination we seek has not yet been reached.  Indeed, a reading of today’s opinions demonstrates that every member of the Supreme Court agrees with this fact – as the Chief Justice wrote, 'voting discrimination still exists: no one doubts that.'  This is why protecting the fundamental right to vote – for all Americans – will remain one of the Justice Department’s highest priorities."

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