VRA Decision Lead to Calls for More Diversity on Federal Bench

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act means African Americans no longer can be casual observers of this country's legislative process because it will shape public policies for generations to come.

"Clearly, as evidenced by the Supreme Court's ruling this week on the Voting Rights Act (VRA), there is a need now more than ever to ensure diversity in our courts," said A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit arm of the Congressional Black Caucus, which represents African-American members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"The 5-4 ruling effectively struck down one of the most-significant provisions in the VRA designed to prevent racial discrimination at the ballot box.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v Holder, Attorney General, ET AL.

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