The March on Washington and Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment

One thing I’m learning in my research into the constitutionality of the reapportionment process is that there was some interest in this issue during the early 1960s. My colleague Florence Roisman, an expert on the Civil Rights Movement, pointed out to me that the 1963 March on Washington, capped by the “I Have a Dream” Speech, listed ten civil rights demands. Here was Demand #4:

“Enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment–reducing Congressional representation of states where citizens are disfranchised.”

This, of course, was about Section Two of the Fourteenth Amendment. ¬†Next I’m going to go through all of the other speeches given that day to see what was said about Section Two.


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