PNBC President Says “It’s Time to Restore the Voting Rights Act”
Dr. James C. Perkins, president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, is urging PNBC churches and other people of faith to “unite in restoring the cornerstone of any true democracy, the right to vote.” In a recent issue of FrequencyNews.com, the 20th president of the denomination published an article in which he stated, “We are calling on all faith-based leaders to stand with us in this fight.” Noting the Supreme Court decision that deemed the portion of the Voting Rights Act that was supposed to prevent discriminatory practices in voting as unconstitutional, turned back the clock on “our efforts to make our nation one of justice and liberty for all.
“The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (PNBC) is taking the message of restoring the Voting Rights Act to key lawmakers and asking them to support ending voter suppression practices and voter ID laws…We are asking political leaders of all party affiliations to support the right of every eligible man and woman to have free and open access to their right to vote,” said Dr. Perkins.
Ahead of the 2016 Presidential Election, concerns are growing around this issue. In Alabama, for example, a new law requires voters to have government issued photo IDs to vote. Driver’s licenses are the most commonly used form of identification and can be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, state officials there recently closed 31 DMV offices in predominantly African American neighborhoods, making it that much harder for voters to obtain the proper identification to vote.
In response to these concerns, Dr. Perkins stated that PNBC is galvanizing member churches across the country to work with federal and state lawmakers to end voter intimidation, voting suppression, and suspicious practices.
“Your support is needed as well,” wrote Dr. Perkins. “Do not let the sacrifice of our mothers and fathers be in vain.
“It is time for ALL Americans to get involved in these efforts [to restore voting rights]. When given the opportunity, let us gather, march, protest, write, and rally until the mountain is moved.”