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Need to Know, January 20, 2012: Voting, power and South Carolina

Jeff Greenfield

Nearly half a century after the passage of the federal Voting Rights Act,¬†African-Americans throughout the deep south still find themselves with little real power. In a report from South Carolina on the eve of the GOP primary there, anchor Jeff Greenfield describes how the sharp rise in the number of black state lawmakers creates the mistaken impression of greater black power. Greenfield also interviews two of the state’s leading political analysts about the GOP presidential primary.

And: This week’s American Voices essay features Bernard Lafayette, a prominent 1960s civil rights leader who discusses what he believes are organized efforts to undo black voting rights today.

Watch the individual segments:

Party down: Voting and power in South Carolina

In a report from South Carolina on the eve of the GOP primary there, anchor Jeff Greenfield describes how the sharp rise in the number of black state lawmakers creates the mistaken impression of greater black power.

Interview: Brad Warthen and Robert Oldendick

Host Jeff Greenfield speaks with two of the state’s leading political analysts about the GOP presidential primary.

American Voices: Bernard Lafayette

Need to Know’s “American Voices” essay features Bernard Lafayette, a prominent civil rights leader from the 1960s who reflects on the struggle for black voting rights then and what he believes are organized efforts to undo them now.

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