Protecting voting rights of all voters is as important today as it was 50 years ago when the Voting Rights Act was enacted. In Georgia African Americans represent 30% of the state’s registered voters,60 Georgia state legislators are African American and of Atlanta’s 59 mayors, five have been African American (1974-present). Atlanta colleges have offered higher education opportunities at historically black colleges to thousands of Georgians since the early 1880’s so there is certainly no absence of educated, civic-engaged African Americans that has caused the paucity of African American elected officials prior to the Voting Rights Act. Jim Crow laws, discrimination and fear tactics kept generations of exceptional African Americans from running and serving in public office. Voice of America has a captivating documentary on the Voting Rights Act and Atlanta was featured as part of its series, it is well worth reviewing the link.