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"Voting our values, valuing our votes," July 15-20, 2006
July 15-20, 2006--The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its 97th Annual Convention as Congress considered reauthorization of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  In accordance with the Convention theme, "Voting our values, valuing our votes," attendees lobbied on Capitol Hill and a youth contingent marched there.  A Wednesday panel featured Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL).  On Thursday President George W. Bush made his first appearance before the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization since he was elected. 

As the Convention drew to a close, extension of the Voting Rights Act for another 25 years appeared certain.  In his speech President Bush indicated he would sign the legislation.  The Senate approved the bill later in the afternoon by a vote of 98-0; the House voted for renewal by a vote of 390-33 on July 13. 

Panel with Senators. Kennedy, Clinton and Obama.
NAACP president and CEO Bruce Gordon, and chairman of the board Julian Bond.
Off to lobby on Capitol Hill.
Marching on Capitol Hill.
President Bush addresses the NAACP

H.R. 9 - Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006

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