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Why A Commitment To Free And Fair Elections Is Just as Vital Today As It Was 54 Years Ago

Rodney McKenzie, Jr.

We have faith that with the tireless work of the grassroots organizers, we will one day live in an America where every election — in every corner of the country — is free and fair for everyone.

When Dr. King delivered his speech to the energized masses assembled in Montgomery, Alabama – 54 years ago today – he knew the fight wasn’t over. Thousands of grassroots organizers had marched 54 miles from Selma to Montgomery to protest racist policies and violence Black people faced when exercising their right to vote. The enraged, violent opposition to their very presence made clear the need for the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA). But even as his words stirred the souls of the thousands gathered at Alabama’s capital, Dr. King knew they were far from securing justice.

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