Political leaders gather for Voting Rights Act rally


Black political leaders gathered where the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march ended to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to keep the Voting Rights Act intact.About 25 legislative and municipal officials gathered on the state Capitol steps Wednesday in one of many activities being held across the South to support the Voting Rights Act. Congress passed the act in 1965 after the Selma-to-Montgomery march.Democratic state Rep. John Knight of Montgomery says minorities have made advances, but not enough to take out the law's key provision.The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case brought by Shelby County. It seeks to strike down a portion of the law that requires all or portions of 16 states to get changes to election laws approved by the Justice Department.