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Jun 8, 2023

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Discriminatory Alabama Congressional Map

Washington, D.C. (June 8, 2023) -- In a landmark ruling, The U. S. Supreme Court issued a decision today to strike down Alabama's partisan-drawn congressional districts, which discriminated against Black voters. In a resounding reaffirmation of the Voting Rights Act, the Court's ruling, with a 5-4 majority, ensures that the map will now be redrawn, signaling a significant victory for fair representation and the protection of voting rights.

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) commends the decision, marking a pivotal moment in the fight against racial gerrymandering in the electoral processes. The ruling highlights the urgency of addressing institutional barriers to fair representation raised by civil rights leaders throughout the country, especially those in The South. For far too long, the power of Black voters in states like Alabama has been unjustly diluted through gerrymandering tactics.

Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation stated the following,

“Today, our Nation’s highest court made the right decision in striking down Alabama's discriminatory congressional map, sending a powerful message that the rights of Black voters must be protected and that the Voting Rights Act remains our north star in preserving fair representation. This outcome is also a testament to the tireless efforts of our Alabama Affiliates, who courageously fought for fair representation despite the immense challenges posed by unfair maps and limited Black civic participation.”

“Gerrymandering, a practice used to manipulate electoral districts for political gain, has long posed a threat to the principles of democracy. It has been a tool to further marginalize already disadvantaged communities, as it undermines our voting power and perpetuates systemic inequities. The Supreme Court's ruling sends a clear message that racially discriminatory redistricting practices will not be tolerated and emphasizes the critical role of the Voting Rights Act in safeguarding fair elections.”

"The victory in Alabama underscores the importance of our ongoing efforts to fortify the Voting Rights Act and thwart any attempts to erode voting rights further. We call on lawmakers at the state and federal levels to take immediate action in addressing gerrymandering and protecting the voting rights of all Americans. Our democracy thrives when every voice is heard, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that every eligible voter can exercise their right to vote without facing undue barriers or infringements."

Letetia Jackson, Convener, South AL Black Women’s Roundtable and Plaintiff stated,

"The Supreme Court's decision is a significant milestone in our ongoing fight for fair representation and equal voting rights. As a plaintiff on this case, I am proud to have been part of the effort to challenge the discriminatory congressional districts in Alabama. This ruling is a testament to the power of collective action and the importance of protecting the voting rights of all citizens. While this win is historic, it is only the beginning. We still have much work to do to preserve our voting rights, and the Black Women's Roundtable will remain vigilant in our efforts to educate and mobilize our communities. We will continue to fight for equal representation and ensure that every voice is heard and counted in our democracy."

Hon. Sheila Tyson, Jefferson County County Commissioner and Convener, Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation/AL BWR :

"The Supreme Court's ruling is a critical step towards achieving fair and equitable representation in Alabama. We have witnessed firsthand the impact of gerrymandering on marginalized communities, and this decision sends a clear message that such practices will not be tolerated. As a state leader, I am committed to working towards comprehensive electoral reforms that ensure the voices of all Alabamians are heard and respected in our democratic process."


The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls’ empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

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