In Conversation with Michele Norris
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Voting is our most important right as Americans—but it’s also the one most violently contested throughout U.S. history. Since the gutting of the Voting Rights Act in the landmark Shelby County v. Holder case in 2013, many states have passed laws restricting the vote. Former President Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election results felt like an assault on our democracy.
In Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote—A History, a Crisis, a Plan, Eric Holder—former U.S. Attorney General, civil rights leader, and chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee—presents a chronicle of the brutal, bloody, and at times hopeful history of the vote; a frontlines account of how opponents are fighting to take it away; and a powerful playbook for how we can save our democracy before it’s too late.
Co-written with author Sam Koppelman, Our Unfinished March chronicles three dramatic stories of how the vote was won: first by white men, through violence and insurrection; then by white women, through protests and mass imprisonments; and finally by African Americans, in the face of lynchings and terrorism. It then dives into how the vote has been stripped away since Shelby (a case in which Holder was one of the parties) and what we can do to reverse the tide of voter suppression and become a true democracy where every voice is heard and every vote is counted.
Holder will be in conversation with Michele Norris, an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, Washington Post Opinion columnist, former host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” founding director of The Race Card Project, and author of The Grace of Silence.
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