"If a fervent prayer is offered by a race ten million strong,
...the ballot will restore,
And reclaim for Negro manhood, equal justice evermore"
- Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer 1907, poem "The Negro Ballot"
Forty-eight years since the act's passage, vestiges of discrimination in voting continue to exist which hinder minorities' ability to participate in voting. Additionally, the effectiveness of the VRA revived the controversy over federal intervention in states' rights.
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Music Source: We Shall not be Moved, Pete Seeger, Civil Rights Movement, 1960