Defend Voting Rights, Again

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Fifty years later, we are still fighting the battle for equal voting rights.

Last week, our North Carolina litigation team fought in federal court on behalf of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP to protect the rights of the countless voters marginalized by the state’s restrictive voting law. In the words of my co-director Penda D. Hair, for voters of color in North Carolina: “The fight for equal voting rights is not ancient history; it is lived experience.”


While new restrictions on voting may look different today than they did 50 years ago, the results – blocking voters of color from the ballot box – are the same. Across the nation, states are continually implementing restrictive laws in an effort to keep Black and Brown voters from having an equal say in our democracy. We cannot, and will not, allow this.

Join us in the fight to rid states like North Carolina of these voter suppression tactics. Help us make sure that 50 years from now we are not still fighting the battle fought in Selma in 1965.



Judith Browne Dianis is Co-Director of Advancement Project