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Subject: Last issue's Historic photo

The Sugar Shack was a dance hall for african americans!!!

Marvin Gaye and other black music artists wrote songs about the shacks
as well as many prominent authors filled the pop culture history books too.

Bartcop is great,
 Tom K

Subject: Last issue's Historic photo

Bart, if it weren't obviously such an old photo, I might have guessed
that it was a contemporary polling place in some black voting district in Mississippi.

Subject: Last issue's Historic photo

The caption should read:

"May 3, 1966, Peachtree, Alabama: African Americans flock to this polling place in rural Alabama
as they vote in large numbers for the first time in history. Typical of rural polling places is the Sugar Shack
small store in Wilcox County where black people outnumber whites almost 3 to 1."

Subject: Last issue's Historic photo


African Americans lining up to vote in 1966.

African American voters, able to vote for the first time in rural Wilcox County, Alabama, 
line up in front of a polling station at The Sugar Shack, a local general store. After the passage 
of the federal voting rights law in 1965, there were almost twice as many black voters than whites.


BTW, this is from the Wiki on the Voting Rights Act:

The Act is widely considered a landmark in civil-rights legislation, though some of its provisions have sparked 
political controversy. During the debate over the 2006 extension, some Republican members of Congress 
objected to renewing the preclearance requirement (the Act's primary enforcement provision), arguing that it 
represents an overreach of federal power and places unwarranted bureaucratic demands on Southern states 
that have long since abandoned the discriminatory practices the Act was meant to eradicate. Conservative 
legislators also opposed requiring states with large Spanish-speaking populations to provide bilingual ballots.
 Michael C

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