Martin Luther King’s Compromise That Turned The South Red – Gary May 01.19.15

Just Sayin'

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts to eliminate the poll tax would in the end help poor whites as much as it did disenfranchised blacks.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign in Selma which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is well known and is now celebrated on screen in  “Selma.” Less well known is how, at a critical moment, Dr. King saved the act when it was stalemated in the Congress.

The stalemate was created this time by liberal Democrats in Congress, not Southern segregationists. Today, Dr. King’s 86th birthday, is a fitting moment to remember how his intervention at the final moment enabled millions of poor whites as well as blacks to vote, with the ironic result that the South has become the most “red” section of America.

The source of the trouble was the poll tax. Civil rights activists, including Dr. King, believed…

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