About This Episode
Black Americans, particularly in the South, were denied their right to vote, with poll taxes, voter id laws, literacy tests, intimidation, and mob violence. By 1963, the Kennedy administration was prepared to act to expand the access to the vote, though Kennedy himself would not live to see the passage of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.
This episode looks at where voting rights were in 1963, and at how the fight continues today as some states expand the franchise and others seek to restrict it, with interviews with Dr. Peniel Joseph the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas, Austin, and JaTaune Bosby Gilchrist, Executive Director of ACLU of Alabama.
Watch President Kennedy's June 11, 1963 Civil Rights Address.
Hosts and Producers: Matt Porter and Jamie Richardson
Supervising Producer: Valerie Linson
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