YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
The Voting Rights Act is a law that knocked down state barriers making voting for African Americans difficult.
The Martin Luther King Planning Committee of Mahoning County celebrated the historic piece of legislation Thursday night.
Organizers say that there is still a struggle for voting rights 50 years later.
“The Supreme Court has weakened the Voting Rights Act and allowed states to have more power. They can take away some of the rights of people, particularly people of color, particularly people who are poor,” said Penny Wells, Director of the Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past.
Wells says she thinks it is important to make sure everyone registers to vote.
Registration can be difficult sometimes because of ID requirements or moving to another city or state.