SCLC calls for fully restoring the 1965 Voting Rights Act

SCLC calls for fully restoring the 1965 Voting Rights Act

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference say they're in a fight to get the 1965 Voting Rights Act fully restored.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court did away with part of the law that forced some states and jurisdictions to get clearance from the Justice Department before making changes with elections in those areas.

It's part of the SCLC's call for a new civil rights movement. Besides restoring the Voting Rights Act, the civil rights group is also calling for criminal justice reform.

These are just some of the big ideas they'll discuss over a three-day state conference that kicks off in Tuscaloosa on Thursday and goes until Saturday.

"We have problems with it being gutted out. We don't have any more rights because the catalyst for freedom was the 1965 Voting Rights Act,"  SCLC President Dr. Charles Steele said.

That three-day conference starts Thursday at 3 p.m. All the events are happening at Bethel Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa.