Eight years before I was born, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 finally enabled African Americans, especially in the South, to claim the right to vote that the14th Amendment was supposed to have guaranteed for all in 1868.
Now the Voting Rights Act is threatened by a case in the Supreme Court. At the same time, our lawmakers are discussing whether Washington, D.C. residents should have equal representation in Congress.
For 100 years, the NAACP has fought for the right to vote for African Americans. Many of your parents and grandparents may have even marched, written letters, or contributed money to the struggle for voting rights. Now I’m asking for your support.
In last year’s historic election, the NAACP registered an unprecedented number of voters and again established an Election Day Command Center to ensure that everyone who was eligible to cast a vote was able to do so.
Now we are making sure the Supreme Court hears loud and clear that we need to protect our votes in places where our basic rights have been challenged before. We are also talking to lawmakers to ensure that the citizens of D.C., the seat of our country’s democracy, get an equal voice in Congress. Your gift today of $15, $50, or even $150 will help make sure we push ahead on these critical voting rights initiatives.
From time to time, I will let you know how you can help fight to ensure that every American’s vote counts. Make a difference today by donating to the NAACP.
Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO