Bloody Sunday: The Nation Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Selma March

Source: NewsOne Fifty years ago, police in Selma, Ala., brutally beat peaceful protestors attempting to march over the now infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge — a roadway named after a Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan — to demonstrate in support of voting rights. That day, dubbed “Bloody Sunday,” left many, including Congressman John Lewis, battered and seriously injured. It …

5 Facts You Should Know About the Selma Voting Rights Struggle

Source:  Staff Writer/The Root.Com Selma—director Ava DuVernay’s epic film about Martin Luther King Jr. and the  struggle for voting rights in the Deep South—is set to hit theaters nationwide on Friday. Over the past few weeks, the film has taken a little heat for its depiction of President Lyndon B. Johnson as an obstructionist to a voting-rights bill, with former …

The New Jim Crow: Report Shows Voter ID Stops Blacks From Voting

Source: Reid Wilson / The Washington Post Laws requiring voters to show identification when they cast a ballot impact have a greater impact on African Americans and younger voters than on other racial and age groups, according to a new analysis. The report, issued Wednesday by the General Accounting Office [pdf], found that fewer African Americans have the types of …

Is Democracy Broken in Oklahoma?

Source:  Kara Joy McKee/Together Oklahoma Our state too often ranks in the bottom  for participation in the  political process and the health and well-being of citizens. What’s holding Oklahomans back, and how can we fix it? That’s the focus of “Together Tuesdays”, a statewide tour sponsored by the Together Oklahoma coalition. The Oklahoma Policy Institute’s Kara Joy McKee and Damario …