Unfinished Business

Henderson Talks Voting Rights and Race on “Melissa Harris-Perry”

On “Melissa Harris-Perry” last weekend, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, spoke during six segments on voting rights and race during the Obama presidency.

In a segment called ‘Obama takes a stand on voting rights,’ Henderson repeated the civil and human rights community’s desire to see the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act swiftly enacted.

The truth is, Republicans at the federal level, people like Jim Sensenbrenner, the Republican congressman from Wisconsin, even Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, are sending signals that they’d like to genuinely see a repair of the Voting Rights Act. And the bill that’s under consideration now, supported by both Republicans and Democrats, would make a significant difference – and we want it enacted between now and the midterms.