The Power of the Vote – Part 2


May 13th, 2022

50 mins 20 secs

Season 2

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About this Episode

In the last episode of Everything's Political season two, we're once again challenging our listeners to weigh in on The Power of the Vote!

Through 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act, Black people and their supporters defied death, prison, beatings and bombings for the right to elect their choices for political office. But nowadays, is it still worth the effort to once again fight the racists in certain states who are once again seeking to disenfranchise black and brown people to maintain white supremacy?

This past March, host Junius Williams talked with co-host Francesca Larson about his sudden decision to attend the 57th anniversary of the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee. This annual event in Selma, Alabama, commemorates "Bloody Sunday," which occurred on March 7, 1965 when a group of roughly 525 African-American demonstrators gathered at the Brown Chapel A.M.E. and proceeded to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, headed towards Montgomery for the right to vote.

Junius sits down with W. Mondale Robinson, principal of the Black Male Voter Project, to discuss the current state of voting and to give his take on the relevance of The Vote. We also continue our recap of the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, sharing more clips with Civil Rights leaders and foot soldiers on the ground, and aspiring young votings dealing with the current state of voter disenfranchisement in 2022.