published in The Atlantic
Newkirk begins his article with a letter to his mother, who was born a year before the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and who died in late 2020. He wonders at the progress she saw in her lifetime, and the steps backwards that were also taken. He then transitions to a history of how the Act was won and challenged throughout the past century, as well as how we can secure voting rights and a just democracy for all Americans into the future.
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