On this day in 1965, people rejoiced as civil rights activists helped to pass the Voting Rights Act. The bill promised to protect the rights of minority voters throughout the country.
It was a significant moment that is recognized as one of the greatest accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement. It’s been 50 years since that historical day, and that sense of triumph has dwindled as those protections have been challenged.
In recent years, laws have been introduced around the country that have placed stricter requirements on voters — most notably in North Carolina. Those states have effectively lessened voter participation by making it much harder for disenfranchised communities, many of them minorities, to participate in the process.
Those hindrances are what fuel organizations like Black & Brown People Vote, an initiative that strives to improve voter participation within communities of color. This week, which marks one year since the organization’s inception, BPBV has launched a campaign called Vision 2020 that addresses the voting challenges people in these communities face.
Here at HuffPost Black Voices, we are working with BPBV to get the word out. The video you see above is part of our new collaboration to raise awareness around the significance of voting.
“Vision 2020 [is] a a civic engagement project aimed at inviting future and disenfranchised voters to articulate what an equitable democracy would look like, and empower them to effectuate those visions through policy and activism,” Ifeoma Ike, co-founder of BPBV told HuffPost.