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Meredith Merna at Nov 28, 2019 04:38 AM

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WE ARE GATHERED HERE AT AN AUSPICIOUS MOMENT IN HISTORY, - EXACTLY TEN YEARS AGO TONIGHT, THE HISTORIC MARCH FROM SELMA TO MONTGOMERY BEGAN, THE MARCH THAT SET IN MOTION THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY OF YOUR BEING WHERE YOU ARE. YOU ADDITIONALLY KNOW THAT THE 1965 ACT WILL EXPIRE IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR UNLESS WE ARE SUCCESSFUL IN RENEWING IT, AND YOU MUST ALSO KNOW THAT GREAT DIFFERENCE NOW EXIST AMONG ITS SUPPORTERS.

THERE ARE THOSE WHO WANT SIMPLE EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING ACT, WITH ITS COVERAGE OF THE SEVEN SOUTHERN STATES AND A FEW COUNTIES IN STATES OUTSIDE THIS REGION. BUT THERE ARE ALSO THOSE LIKE MYSELF WHO WILL INSIST THAT THE PROTECTION UNDER WHICH WE HAVE INCREASED THE NUMBER OF BLACK-ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THIS REGION FROM LESS THAN 75 TEN YEARS AGO TO NEARLY 1,500 TODAY BE EXTENDED TO BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

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