— by Hasan Kwame Jeffries
[Note: This piece was inspired by the author's remarks at a recent event honoring Dr. King’s birthday, hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. It was published January 21, 2015 on "From the Square," NYU Press blog.]
There is no right more fundamental in a democracy than the right to vote. But fifty years ago, in 1965, African Americans throughout the South were denied t...