FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2023
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WASHINGTON – Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of drawing a new Alabama congressional map which will allow for greater representation of Black voters in the state. The newly allowed proposal includes a second congressional district where Black voters comprise the majority of the population.
NAACP President & CEO, Derrick Johnson, released the following statement celebrating the victory for voting rights:
"For over a century, Black Americans have fought tirelessly to overcome the obstacles to receiving and maintaining voting rights in this nation. Democracy cannot exist without the Black vote. This ruling represents a significant step forward in the ongoing struggle for equal access to the ballot box. The NAACP will continue its advocacy for the expansion of voting rights and fight against any agenda that seeks to undermine our voice and our vote. This is what democracy looks like."
The NAACP Alabama State Conference were plaintiffs in the June Supreme Court case against Alabama where they rightfully argued that the state's congressional map, which included just one majority Black district, was a clear attempt to minimize the voting power of the state's Black residents.
For more information on the NAACP's election protection and voting rights initiatives, visit our website.
The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.
NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.