The Day Job took us to the Deep South following the election, hence a lack of new material on the site. By way of apology, we offer the following feature.
Annie Pearl Townsend Avery proudly welcomes visitors to the NATIONAL VOTER RIGHTS MUSEUM in Selma, Alabama which is housed in a storefront at the foot of the Edmund Pettus bridge across the Alabama River.
The bridge was the scene–many say the beginning–of the modern civil rights movement where the coppers beat people who marched across the bridge. Annie Pearl was one of those who marched with Martin Luther King that “bloody Sunday” to secure the rights of Black people to vote through the National Voting Rights Act 1965.
When we told her folks in Idaho had just passed three constitutional amendments that took away their rights to vote, she just shook her head and said, “I can believe it. Some folks just don’t understand.”
The irony of Civil War and Civil Rights monuments throughout the South formed a juxtaposition we couldn’t ignore. Americans fighting fighting to preserve the Union and 100 years later fighting for the right to vote while government and hospitals in Idaho invested close to $1,000,000 to see that voter rights were voluntarily removed.
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