| Oct 10, 2014
| 10:38 AM
Restrictive voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin have been blocked by federal judges--in the latter case by the Supreme Court--in what may be harbingers of a judicial pushback against efforts by Republicans to disenfranchise minority voters. Meanwhile the...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 12:32 PM
When the Supreme Court struck down a major section of the Voting Rights Act, which required nine states to get federal approval of any election change, there were howls of anger and despair among liberals. They see the provision as vital to preventing new...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Progressives resent progress when it renders anachronistic once-valid reasons for enlarging the federal government's supervisory and coercive powers. Hence they regret Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that progress has rendered Section 4 of the 1965...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 5:19 PM
George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has me feeling an immense sense of loss.
It's what I felt last month when the Supreme Court voted to void a key provision of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act....
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Fifty years ago Wednesday, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered what may have been the last genuinely uplifting State of the Union speech we've had.
"This administration, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America," he said. "We...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 6:00 AM
There is no greater horror than that conjured by memory. While viewers shiver with shock and delight over the current crop of epic narratives — the bloody fights for freedom in "Game of Thrones," Billy Bob Thornton's malicious glee in "Fargo"...
| Feb 27, 2013
Do you have a story to share about how the Voting Rights Act of 1965 changed your life? It has been big news Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court ponders whether the act is still necessary. For those who want to know more, “PBS NewsHour” is...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 1:13 PM
Bill Plante was 27 when he covered the Selma marches for CBS 50 years ago.
Plante is now 77 and has returned to Selma for CBS. He also will interview President Barack Obama on Saturday in Selma about the marches that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. ...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 2:36 PM
The voices of local African-Americans who fought for civil rights in Central Florida can be heard in the original play "A Vote: A Voice."
Written by Florida state Sen. Geraldine F. Thompson, D-Orlando, "A Vote: A Voice" will be peformed at 3 and 7 p.m....
| Apr 11, 2015
In 1854 residents of Ripon, Ill., helped form the Republican Party. They were abolitionists who stood squarely for civil rights in an era when many people lived in slavery. The Grand Old Party championed the rights of slaves and women.
| Mar 25, 2015
| 4:01 PM
The Supreme Court delivered a rare victory for minority voting rights Wednesday, finding that a 2012 Alabama redistricting plan appeared to violate federal law by shifting black voters into districts they already dominated to dilute their influence...