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Coretta Scott King (R) with Women Strike for Peace founder Dagmar Wilson (L), U.N. Plaza, New York, Nov. 1, 1963. 

By Vincent Intondi

This week we commemorate the 70th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9, 1945). August 6 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Soon, students will return to school and to their history textbooks. However, most will not learn how these issues are connected. They will not learn of all those in the Civil Rights Movement who simultaneously fought for peace. But this must change, and soon. The scarring of war and poverty and racism that Malcolm X spoke of continues. It's time that students learn about the long history of activism that has challenged these deadly triplets. Continue reading.


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50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
The Voting Rights Act: Ten Things You Should Know
By Emilye Crosby and Judy Richardson
The Voting Rights Act (VRA), signed into law on Aug. 6, 1965, was a victory for the Civil Rights Movement, southern African Americans, and American democracy. It outlawed strategies that had been used by white supremacists to disenfranchise Black citizens and included provisions to facilitate the registration of new voters. Together with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act ended most legal forms of white supremacy. Although this was important, it did not end all forms of racial discrimination, many of which were ---- and are ---- embedded in the structures of our society. Continue reading.
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