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The U.S. Supreme Court.

Episode 2 | 
Voting Rights 

Fifty years after the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, have we delivered on the promise to provide all Americans with equal access to the Vote?


In recent elections there has been an increasing public outcry over long lines, voter id and gerrymandering that attempts to establish political advantage. Yet in this environment, we find key elements of the voting rights removed by the Supreme Court when they ruled on Holder vs. Shelby County. 

Shukree invites Ed Blum, the man who brought the case to the Supreme Court, to Harlem to find out the reasoning behind his efforts. In Washington D.C., Shukree speaks with Congressman John Lewis about the impact of the decision and how it resonates with him after over 50 years of working to preserve and protect voting rights. Speaking with Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Shukree seeks to find out the real impact of the new changes to the Voting Rights act. 

>> Each short film in the series takes on one of the themes that brought thousands to the mall in 1963 through a contemporary lens. These short documentaries look at how far we still have to go to address the major issues of the March all these decades later. 

>> In the next episode, Shukree asks whether we can claim to have ended segregated education, when so many public schools lack diversity.

Have we delivered on the promise to provide all Americans with equal access to the Vote?
Web Extra | Voting Rights

Web Extra | Voting Rights

Sherrilyn Ifill and Congressman John Lewis describe the origin of the Voting Rights Act.

Ready to Discuss?

Ready to Discuss?

Chat with filmmaker Shukree Tilghman as he dissects the second episode of his web series.

Check out Episode 3

Check out Episode 3

Have we delivered on the promise to desegregate our school systems?

Explore more resources from Episode 2:  

| Voting Rights Act of 1965, US Dept of Justice  


Project on Fair Representation

| NY Times Race Map

| Infographic: How Segregated Is Your City, Fast Company


| NAACP Legal Defense Fund

| Redrawing the lines: Redistricting, Supported by the LDF

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