Lewis discussed how support for the Act's passage grew, including recollections about the introduction of the phrase "One Man, One Vote," the efforts to March from Selma to Montgomery, and President Johnson's leadership on passage of the historic law.
As Branch told the standing-room-only audience, "Historically ... what's so significant about this is that it brings together an aroused citizenry with a responsive government ... Underneath all of it is the notion that through politics, you can do something positive to change not just everyday conditions, but to change the realities of peoples' lives. That notion is to some degree severely atrophied today, that politics has this kind of noble possibility."
Highlights of the conversation can be viewed by clicking on the video below.
The full conversation between Cong. Lewis and Taylor Branch can be viewed here. The ACS symposium also featured two fascinating panel discussions in which a broad range of experts discussed the Voting Rights Act in the wake of two recent Supreme Court decisions, Bartlett and NAMUDNO, and anticipated election administration challenges during the 2010 midterm elections and beyond.