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Louis Farrakhan makes stops in Birmingham, Columbiana

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BIRMINGHAM-AL -

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan made stops in Birmingham and Columbiana Friday.

In Kelly Ingram Park, he rallied support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Hundreds gathered to hear him speak.  He quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and said, "I long for the day when we can say together, 'We have overcome,' so we can truly be free."

You'll remember, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule before month's end on Shelby County's challenge of the law.   The key question justices are weighing is this: is there an ongoing need in 2013 for states with a history of discrimination, including Alabama, to continue to need federal approval before changing any voting law.

During oral arguments back in February, Chief Justice John Roberts asked the government's top Supreme Court lawyer whether the Obama administration believes southerners are more racist than citizens in the north.  The answer from the Solicitor General was "no."

Farrakhan also has stops planned in Selma and Montgomery.

 

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