August 6, 2013 – Segment 1
We begin our show with a reflection on the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Our panel of guests will discuss the legacy of the Voting Rights Act and the state of voting rights in 2013, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court decision that struck down core components of the Act. Our guests are:
- Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Council of the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund;
- Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine and Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute;
- Michael Higginbotham, Wilson H. Elkins professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law and author of Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in “Post-Racial” America;
- and Aderson Francois, associate professor of law at Howard University School of Law.