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Urban Legend: Blacks lose right to vote in 2007

Black Leaders Forced Congress/Bush to Act on Voting Rights Law  7/30/2006 NNPA: "President George W. Bush is expected to sign into law Thursday an extension of the Voting Rights Act that overwhelmingly passed Congress after civil rights leaders and members of the Congressional Black Caucus mobilized African-Americans and their supporters and kept the issue before the public. “They made it the centerpiece. They get the credit for raising the issue and keeping it in the public marketplace,” says Thomas N. Todd, a civil rights lawyer who is the former president of the Chicago chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Operation PUSH."

Black Leaders Forced Congress/Bush to Act on Voting Rights Law  7/27/2006 AP 

African Americans Will Lose the Right To Vote in 2007-Fiction!  1/1/03 Truth or Fiction: "Summary of eRumor: The story says that blacks will be losing their right to vote in 2007. The reason is that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was not a law, it was just an act, but never passed into law. In 1982, according to the story, Ronald Reagan amended the Voting Rights Act for another 25 years...until 2007. At that time, congress will revisit the whole issue and in addition to congressional approval, there needs to be the approval of 38 states for the law to be extended."

ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965  3/11/02 Congressman John Lewis: "Just thirty-three years ago, throughout the South, blacks could not register to vote unless they passed so-called literacy tests or paid poll taxes. People died for the right to vote. People lost jobs, were evicted from homes and suffered beatings by police officers and county sheriffs because they wanted to be recognized as full citizens in their communities. And on March 7, 1965, I and nearly five hundred courageous men, women and children attempted to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama. We were marching for the right to vote. We were driven by hope and fed by a burning desire to exercise our most precious democratic right---the right to vote. Thirty three years ago, Congress acted to protect the right of African Americans to vote -- a right guaranteed by the 15th Amendment to our Constitution."

Voting Rights Act Hoax  2/1/01 Hoax Info: "The e-mail circulating states that unless this act is renewed blacks will lose their right to vote by 2007."

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