The Alabama NAACP and partner organizations are recognizing the 10th Anniversary of the 2013 Shelby V Holder SCOTUS decision that destroyed key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by hosting a Shelby Democracy Restoration Summit. We will return to the scene of the crime to take back what they stole from us. We invite you to Shelby County Alabama June 23-25 where this all began to get educated, motivated, and prepared for the 2024 election.
We need your input as we develop strategies and plans for future elections. It is a well known fact that everything we do is determined by a vote, the air you breathe to food you eat, a vote is part of that decision. Please visit our website alnaacpshelbysummit.org for additional information and to register for this exciting SUMMIT.
President, AL NAACP
National NAACP Board Member
As President of the Shelby County Branch of NAACP, we invite you to attend
and participate enthusiastically throughout this Summit. Our purpose is to educate,
motivate, and entertain you in an all-out effort to have you join the push to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation ensuring all citizens the right to vote in a non-threatening and comfortable environment. Voting, as the very foundation of our democracy, is too important to be reduced to a burdensome and often life-threatening exercise.
Ten years ago, when the decision in Shelby v. Holder was released, it opened
the floodgates for new legislation in many states, legislation designed to significantly suppress the vote of marginalized Americans. It is time to fight back! Democracy is slipping from our grasp. The slide downward started here in Shelby County, Alabama with this decision. We hope to start a movement right here that will stop the downward spiral and you can help!
Join the discussion! Engage with us during our strategy sessions. We have
worked to include issues of importance to all of us. They remind us of what we’re
fighting for and what we need to enjoy the promise of America…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Carolyn Rankins Shields, J.D.
President, Shelby County Branch NAACP
We’re Going Back to the Scene of the Crime
June 25, 2023, marks the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision to remove the preclearance provision that oversaw voting rights protocol changes. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 included a preclearance provision that established a system of checks and balances to prohibit voter suppression. Contained in the VRA was a key provision called the “preclearance requirement” or Section 5, which was designed to safeguard against suppressive changes in voting processes in state or local voting laws without federal pre-approval.
As the 600-plus demonstrators crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, they were beaten, wounded, and bloodied by Alabama State Troopers and local police using dogs, water hoses, whips, and clubs under the orders of Alabama Gov. George Wallace. They were sacrificing their lives so that each of us could have the right to exercise our whole franchise in the land of the free and home of the brave. Unfortunately, we lost much of what we gained from the Selma movement in Shelby.
Therefore, we are issuing a clarion call to all lovers and protectors of democracy to join us in Shelby June 23-25, 2023, to develop a plan of action to restore and preserve our democracy.
See you in Shelby!
Former Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama
President, You Got The Power Enterprise, Inc.