ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery is scheduled to speak in Atlanta during the launch of a nationwide campaign to preserve and expand voting rights.
Lowery and others are scheduled to speak today at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church on the importance of equal voting rights and access.
Lowery is scheduled to join Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and lawmakers who are visiting Atlanta for the 2013 National Conference of State Legislatures’ Annual Legislative Summit.
“The vote is the most powerful nonviolent instrument we have in a democratic society and we must do everything to protect the sacred power of the vote,” said Lowery. “There have been deliberate and systematic attempts at the state level to make it harder for voters to participate. We must put an immediate stop to this or lose any gains we have made since the Civil Rights movement and passage of the Voting Rights Act.”
The campaign comes after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act many have said have a disproportionate impact on minority voters.
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