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Consider This: Selma Anniversary

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As we recognize the 50th anniversary of Selma, we should also remember that Mississippi was at the center of the voter registration efforts in the 1960s. In fact, Mississippi's Freedom Summer occurred just months before the events in Selma.

Three civil rights workers who were part of that voter registration effort were murdered in Neshoba County, not very far from Selma. These murders, the violence of Bloody Sunday and other tragic events led President Johnson to push the Voting Rights Act and it was signed into law on August 6, 1965.

Much of the credit for ending voter discrimination goes to the men and women who were willing to march, to protest, to sacrifice.

Unfortunately, voter turnout of more than 50% today is cheered as a huge success. With what so many went through to assure the right to vote, we should all register and cast ballots in every election. Their sacrifices should not be in vain.

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