Civil Rights Leaders Promise to Protest Ruling

Jun 28, 2013

Alabama civil rights leaders say they'll be creative as they plan ways to protest the Supreme Court decision to throw out part of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

   Speaking at a news conference on the Capitol steps in Montgomery on Thursday, Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma urged Alabama residents to participate in an Aug. 24 recreation of the March on Washington.

   He also encouraged local protests of the ruling, which black leaders say pushes back gains made since the 1960s.

   Joe Reed, chairman of the black wing of the Alabama Democratic Party, says President Obama should be pressured to use his appointment power to change the makeup of the Supreme Court. He says one vote would have changed the outcome of this week's ruling.