|So, it is important that we
focus on the Voting Rights Act at this time, since it has been integral to our ability,
not only to exercise our citizenship by voting and electing officials, but also because
these officials have been important in developing public policies that have enhanced the
quality of life for Blacks and others. In this sense, the Voting Rights Act has not only
enriched the citizenship of Blacks, it has also provided the impetus for the arrival of
Hispanic political power and for assisting Asians in the political process as well,
through districting, language assistance, and other means.
Therefore, I am happy to serve as Guest Editor of this edition of the Moorland-Spingarn online journal which highlights the rich resources in this field that it has made available to professional researchers, students and lay researchers of all kinds.
Dr. Ronald Walters