Stevie Wonder Celebrates Voting Rights

Published: 2005-08-08
Stevie Wonder performed at New York's Apollo Theatre recently to encourage the Bush Administration to renew the Voting Rights Act, which in 1965 gave America's black minority the right to vote. Certain aspects of the act are set to expire in 2007 giving states more power over voting and making it more difficult for the poor to vote.

Wonder recalled a time during one of his early tours where he was prevented from using a whites-only toilet, and the singer movingly stressed that no further discrimination should occur to the poor or America's black population. The evening was not only about voting rights, the Apollo Theatre was also celebrating its 70th anniversary and is also the place where Wonder made his big break at age 13 on a weekly talent competition that continues even today.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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