The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on a challenge by Shelby County, Alabama, to a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Itâs legislation that in a certain sense was born in Alabama because of whatâs known as Bloody Sunday. On March 7, 1965, police brutally beat protesters on Selmaâs Edmund Pettus Bridge which spurred President Lyndon Johnson to push for the bill. But University of Delaware history professor Gary May says thereâs much more to the Voting Rights Act. He writes about the law in his book Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy. May tells WBHMâs Andrew Yeager work was well underway before Bloody Sunday.
~ Andrew Yeager, June 07, 2013