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Meredith Merna at Nov 28, 2019 04:43 AM

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TO ILLUSTRATE JUST WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED, LET ME QUOTE AT LENGTH FROM TESTIMONY OFFERED ON MONDAY TO THE HOUSR JUDICIARY COMMITEE BY JOHN LEWIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE VOTER EDUCATION PROJECT: MR LEWIS SAID THEN:

"IN 1962, THERE WAS NOT A SINGLE BLACK MEMBER OF ANY STATE LEGISLATURE IN THE SOUTH. TODAY, THERE ARE 95 BLACKS IN SOUTHERN LEGISLATURES, WITH BLACK REPRESENTATIVES IN EVERY STATE AND BLACK STATE SENATORS IN 8 OF THE 11 STATES.

THE INCREASE OF BLACK PARTICIPATION HAS BROUGHT THE DAWNING OF A NEW DAY FOR SOUTHERN POLITICS. MANY WHITE OFFICIALS IN THIS REGION OWE THEIR POSITIONS AS GOVERNORS, STATE LEGISLATORS, MAYORS, AND OTHER OFFICES TO THE RECENTLY-REGISTERED BLACK ELECTORATE. DEMAGOGUES OF THE PAST ARE NOW TRYING HARD TO ACQUIRE A NEW PUBLIC IMAGE BECAUSE THEY RECOGNIZE THE POTENTIAL OF THE MINORITY VOTE.

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