Martin Luther King Jr. was no fan of the filibuster – The Washington Post

Congress must pass voting rights legislation. #JohnLewisVotingRightsAct

“I think the tragedy is that we have a Congress with a Senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting. They won’t let the majority senators vote. And certainly they wouldn’t want the majority of people to vote, because they know they do not represent the majority of the American people. In fact, they represent, in their own states, a very small minority.”

Source: Martin Luther King Jr. was no fan of the filibuster – The Washington Post

JFK’s civil rights leadership still lights a path for our fractured country

Interesting article on JFK’s influence and position on civil rights issues.  Here’s a quote from the article, “I think we might be a very different country if we had not had so many assassinations,” James Baldwin told an interviewer in 1970. He said, “you know black people had a very different feeling toward government when JFK and Bobby were alive than we’ve had since.” He noted a distinctive quality the brothers shared: “Both had minds that could be reached.”

Source: JFK’s civil rights leadership still lights a path for our fractured country

Desmond Meade, felons’ rights activist, wins restoration of his own civil rights – Florida Phoenix

Congratulations @desmondmeade  @FLRightsRestore It was a long time coming!

Desmond Meade, a main force behind Florida’s drive to restore civil rights to thousands of former felons, now has had his own rights restored. The announcement came Saturday during a Twitter broadcast during which family members presented Meade with a certificate from the Office of Executive Clemency announcing restoration of his civil rights, except to […]

Source: Desmond Meade, felons’ rights activist, wins restoration of his own civil rights – Florida Phoenix