2-day bus tour highlights Voting Rights Act
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A two-day bus tour to support the Voting Rights Act kicks off Tuesday morning in Jackson, Miss., and wraps up Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery, Ala.
Organizers of the Freedom Riders for Voting Rights tour say it is visiting landmarks of the civil rights movement because a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is considering a request by Shelby County, Ala., to throw out a portion of the law that requires all or parts of 16 states to get federal approval for changes in their election laws to make sure they don't disenfranchise minorities.
Organizer Faye Rose Toure says the bus tour includes stops in cities where civil rights workers were slain, including Philadelphia, Miss., and Marion, Ala.