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June 18, 2013


Bruce Davidson
Bruce Davidson

The Voting Rights Act Of 1965

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The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to allow extending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was intended to stop southern states from denying black Americans the right to vote. Many people, especially those who were at the center of civil rights fight, say the law is still needed.

In this show, host Dick Gordon speaks with Sala Udin, who remembers travelling from his home in Pittsburgh to Holmes County, Miss., to challenge the Jim Crow laws, and help blacks register to vote. Then, Dick speaks with Zelpha Montgomery Whatley, who grew up in Holmes County, where her parents were community leaders. She remembers the day they went to try to register to vote.

Hear similar stories at the PBS Newshour's oral history project on the Voting Rights Act.


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