BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- The national leader of the Nation of Islam spoke on behalf of keeping the Voting Rights Act intact at Birmingham's historic Kelly Ingram Park on Friday.
Shelby County has challenged Section Five of the act, which calls for preclearance of any changes to voting laws. Attorneys for the Shelby County Commission contend the requirement is no longer needed due to advances in minority voting.
More than 200 people greeted and gave a enthusiastic welcome to the Minister Louis Farrakhan.
"Farrakhan, Farrakhan, Farrakhan," chanted through the park. Farrakhan, using the words of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said the Voting Rights Act should not be changed in any way.
"Laws passed for the Negroes' benefit are so widely unenforced that it's a mockery to call them laws," Farrakhan said.