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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
From a broad perspective, Parker discusses the political impact of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Thus, as he notes in his opening comments, "Since 1965 America has witnessed a renaissance of black participation" in the political process. His central focus is on the impact it had on the state of Mississippi. Throughout his discussion he examines the court challenges directed at forcing the various southern states to live up to the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution. The Voting Rights Act of 1965, however, symbolizes local grass roots pressures taken in concert with legal challenges and thus highlights a multipronged approach to democratizing the South and ultimately the rest of the country. It is, as Parker points out in his conclusion, an ongoing struggle.
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