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Obama Statement on the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

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Obama Statement on the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington Contact: Robert Gibbs or Tommy Vietor, (202) 228-5511
Illinois Contact: Julian Green, (312) 886-3506
Date: August 5, 2005

Obama Statement on the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

"Forty years ago, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was made law by millions of ordinary Americans who showed the extraordinary courage to overcome.

"These heroes of our past didn't wait for their government to act or complain idly when it didn't. They believed in the promise first articulated by our founding fathers: that in America, we have it in our power to begin the world anew.

"And so they marched. Women who were willing to walk instead of ride the bus after a long day's work of doing somebody else's laundry and looking after somebody else's children because they believed in freedom. Young people of every race and every creed who were willing to take a bus down to Mississippi and Alabama to register voters even though some would never return. And the brave Americans who faced hate and violence one Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge not a few months before the Voting Rights Act delivered them redemption.

"Since that day, the Voting Rights Act has been a critical tool in ensuring that minority voters and all Americans not only have the right to vote, but the right to have their vote counted. And so those of us concerned about protecting those rights can't afford to sit idly by when the law comes up for reauthorization. We must stand up, speak out, and create a united front as we seek to renew these freedoms in the months to come."

http://obama.senate.gov/press/050806-obama_statement_on_the_40th_anniversary_of_the_voting_rights_act/index.html


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