Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR JAN 15,1929-APRIL 4, 1968

Let us all remember one of the United States’ true hero’s, Martin Luther King, Jr. who through the power of non-violence, was able to begin the end of segregation, bring voting rights to people of color in the Deep South, and remind the country that the bloody legacy of slavery has not been expunged.

The 1st March on Selma, Alabama was for voting rights…People were clubbed to the ground and tear-gassed.  A federal court order was obtained and the 2nd March on Selma had Federal police protection.

President Johnson said after the Voting Rights Bill was passed in 1964, the South will vote Republican forever…He has been proven correct.

Now the right to vote is under attack again.  The Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.

And change the laws they have.

New voter ID laws and re-districting by state legislatures in Texas and North Carolina carry on the tradition of Jim Crow by denying people of color the vote.