Voting Rights Legacy of the ’60s Heads to Court as North Carolina Law Is Tested – NYTIMES

Days after South Carolina confronted its past and lowered the Confederate battle flag, North Carolina will grapple with its present-day rules that determine access to the voting booth.

A federal trial opening in Winston-Salem on Monday is meant to determine whether recent, sweeping changes in the state’s election laws discriminate against black voters. These changes were adopted by the Republican-dominated state legislature in 2013, immediately after the United States Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 when it ended a requirement that nine states with histories of discrimination, including North Carolina, get federal approval before altering their election laws.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/us/a-voting-rights-legacy-of-the-1960s-heads-to-court-in-north-carolina.html?_r=0

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CIVIL RIGHTS: Academy to focus on struggle

Participants in the Martin Luther King Jr. Association’s Civil Rights Academy hope the event will give young people a newfound appreciation of the struggle of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and ’60s.

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Watch: Civil rights leader John Lewis implores the US government to ban the Confederate flag on federal grounds

US congressman John Lewis, famed civil rights activist, rose to the floor of the House of Representatives to call on his colleagues to ban the flying of the Confederate flag on federal grounds.

 Watch Here: http://qz.com/450828/watch-civil-rights-leader-john-lewis-implores-the-us-government-to-ban-the-confederate-flag-on-federal-grounds/