PBS NewsHour Seeks Stories About The Voting Rights Act As Part Of Oral History Project
PBS NewsHour wants to ask you an important question … Do You Remember the Voting Rights Act?
Next week, on February 27th, The Supreme Court will examine a constitutional challenge to the Voting Rights Act in one of the most-watched cases this year. The case asks whether the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is still necessary and whether voters still risk disenfranchisement in certain parts of the country. The Court will hear arguments from Shelby County, Ala., which challenges the law, and from U.S. government attorneys and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
PBS NewsHour will examine the questions this case raises, but … PBS would like help from you and your community.
They’ve launched an oral history project to collect first hand accounts of those who remember when the voting rights act was passed.
They’re looking for specific stories from this moment in history. Here are questions to think about:
• Do you remember when the Voting Rights Act became law?
• How did the Voting Rights Act affect your life and your community during the Civil Rights Movement?
• How did you see if affect others?
• Is the Voting Rights Act still necessary?
Check out this video clip in it, PBS NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni explains the project and invites people to participate.