National Voting Rights Day

“At that time, we’d been singing songs, we shall overcome, and before I’d be a slave…be dead and buried in my grave,” says Bennie Lee Tucker. He’s seventy four years old, and he spent the last fifty five of those years here in Selma. “And we gonna let nobody turn us around, no more Governor Wallace…no more white folk,” he says.

On the front porch of his home on Eugene Avenue, Tucker recalls March 7th, 1965. It was the height of the voting rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior wasn’t the name on everyone’s mind that day.

Activists in Selma say they're pushing to have Aug. 6 nationally recognized as voting rights day to commemorate the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

Leaders of the Save OurSelves Movement said Wednesday they're starting a community effort to build awareness of the idea.

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the law, and they say protests are possible if Congress doesn't restore parts of the law struck down by the Supreme Court.

Supporters of the federal Voting Rights Act are planning a series of events across Alabama to highlight the importance of the law.

   Activities are being held in Selma, Huntsville, Montgomery, Birmingham and other cities on Tuesday in conjunction with what organizers are calling "National Voting Rights Day."

   The Supreme Court recently overturned a key section of the law, and activists are trying to draw attention to their claims that the act is still needed.