Montgomery was the final stop Wednesday on a bus tour of Alabama and Mississippi aimed at keeping the 1965 Voting Rights intact. The “Never Forget, Never Again” pilgrimage for voting rights came to the Alabama State House on Wednesday to raise awareness of a pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could allow some states to change voting laws.
The challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 from Shelby County, Alabama seeks to void a requirement that all or parts of 16 states get election law changes approved by the Justice Department. Those states have a history of discrimination at the polls.
Charles Steele, former Alabama legislator and leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, called Section 5 “the heart of the Voting Rights Act” and said that if the conservative court strikes it down, states would be able to deny voters rights in various ways.