8.27.2013

Now that the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington is over, which way should Black America go for progress?

WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - Everything has changed and nothing has changed in the 50 years since the March on Washington in 1963.

And tens of thousands left the 2113 March on Washington hearing vows to push Congress to restore voting rights gutted by the Supreme Court and plans to lobby Congress for passage of a jobs bill.

Rev. Al Sharpton, main speaker and keynote organizer of the march, announced upcoming town hall meetings and state by state organizing efforts to register voters and retake Congress in 2014.

“We face continuing challenges,” said the National Action Network leader. “They are changing laws all over this country. Congress needs to make federal law that can get through this Congress and deal with what the Supreme Court has done,” he said.

The civil rights leader was referring to a high court decision earlier this summer striking down parts of 1965 voting rights legislation. The right to vote could be protected but not under 48-year-old guidelines, the court ruled. The old rules had allowed for significant Justice Dept. oversight of states that had been loath to respect the rights of Black voters, particularly in the South. Congress would have to make new guidelines to update the statutes, the court said. 

In North Carolina, Texas and other states, the GOP has moved to pass strict voter i.d. laws, limit early voting and impede registration. The measures have been championed in the name of preventing voter fraud, but no pattern of serious voter fraud exists.

“Why when we get to Obama do we need some special i.d.? When they ask us for our voter i.d. take out a photo of Medger Evers, take out a photo of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner, take out a photo of Viola Liuzzo. They gave their lives so we could vote,” said Rev. Sharpton. [READ MORE]