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The Struggle Continues: 50 Years Later, Voting Rights Still A Battle Not Won

By Tracy Allen
CALL Staff Writer

When he stepped to the podium following his inauguration as the first black president in U.S. history,  in 2008, even President Barack Obama couldn’t help but commemorate a moment in American history that couldn’t have happened had it not been for the struggles won by those before him who helped paved his special day.
It isn’t hard to imagine what James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman would think about America’s change in fortunes when it came to electing black public officials to office. It isn’t hard to remember the thousands of voting rights marchers in 1965 that crossed Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Ala., only to be greeted by angry Alabama police in what is remembered as “Bloody Sunday”.
Although the Voting Rights Act has been amended five times to expand voters’ rights, the struggles remain.
Anita Russell, president of the Kansas City, Mo., branch of the NAACP remembers 1965. She was 19 years old and like most she wasn’t able to vote until she was 21. Mrs. Russell says that with all the struggles fought, the challenges are there.
“I think what we have to do is to understand the importance of voting and it is just as important today as it was 50 years ago,” said Mrs. Russell, who said that on her 21st birthday she went to register to vote. “There are young people and even some older people today that may say, ‘it hasn’t done us any good.’ But it has done us some good and you can tell that by the fact they’re trying to take it away from us. That right there should tell you it is important.”



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Murder Charges Filed In Several Cases; Child Endangerment Charges Filed

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

The community moved one step closer to breathing a sigh of relief as Police and the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office moved one step closer to solving the murder of a 3-year-old boy with the arrest and charges of the driver of the vehicle involved in the murder.
The Jackson County Prosecutor’s office filed first-degree murder charges, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action charges against SirTerry L. Stevenson, 22, in the murder of Amorian Hale.
On May 31, Amorian was asleep  in his bed when someone fired at least 20 rounds into the home located in the 6700 block of Walrond. The shooter fled in a vehicle that was allegedly driven by Stevenson. One of those bullets hit Amorian.
According to court records, Stevenson was in the vehicle with D’Shawn Marchbanks, when Marchbanks was shot and killed on January 30,  in Grandview.
Information was received that the shooting on May 31, of Amorian, was in retaliation for the shooting of Marchbanks.
Witnesses in the area of the Walrond shooting told police a gold car was involved in the shooting.
On June 2, Stevenson led police on a chase in a gold car. His cell phone was shown to be in the area of the Walrond shooting about the same time that the shots were fired that killed Amorian.



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Five Black Women Have Died While In Police Custody Since Mid-July

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Since July 13, there have been five black women who have allegedly committed suicide while in police custody.
While the media has focused on the alleged suicide of Sandra Bland and the circumstances around her stop, arrest and alleged hanging, four other women have also died while in city or county jails. Many of theme for relatively minor offenses.
Kindra Chapman
July 14
Ms. Chapman, 18, was booked into the Homewood, Alabama City Jail at 6:22 p.m. July 14, on a first-degree robbery charge. Sgt. Andrew Didcoct said Ms. Chapman robbed another person of a cell phone. Jailers last saw her alive at 6:30 p.m. She was found unresponsive at 7:50 p.m. Authorities said she used a bed sheet to hang herself.


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