- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina NAACP branches are holding 17 simultaneous news conferences and delivering letters stating their support of a proposal to restore and strengthen the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The letters will be delivered Tuesday in Wilson, Asheboro, Greenville, Chapel Hill, Clemmons, Graham, Bolivia, Concord, Mooresville, Gastonia, Spruce Pine, Greensboro, Fremont, Wilmington, Asheville, Charlotte and Raleigh.

The project is part of America’s Journey for Justice, an 840-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C.

The news conferences will be held at congressional offices, followed by the delivery of letters.

The Voting Rights Act established new legal protections for minority voters at the polls. In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated the Justice Department’s ability under the act to identify and stop potentially discriminatory voting laws before they took effect.

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