Today, bills to bolster the 1965 legislation, after the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down provisions that required states with a history of discrimination to “pre-approve” changes to their laws, came to nothing, mostly due to Republican filibuster and lawmaker refusal. in both parties to change the filibuster rules.

Sen. mike lee, a Republican from Utah, said the “For the People Act” to expand the franchise was “like it was written in hell by the devil himself.” A bill bearing the name of the late Lewis, a former colleague known and supposedly admired by many who vote “no” in Congress, has little success.

Yesterday’s language, phrases that excused poll taxes and literacy tests—state rights, federal interference—are making a comeback, and because America hasn’t learned, it’s repeating mistakes that have had bloody consequences.

Speakers on Sunday tried to connect yesterday and today, with Harris on deck saying: “We find ourselves caught in the middle, however, again – between injustice and justice, between disappointment and determination – still in a struggle to form a more perfect union. And nowhere is this clearer than when it comes to the ongoing struggle to secure the freedom to vote.

Harris, the first woman, first black American and first Asian American to hold office and a Howard graduate, represents the dream of many Americans and the nightmare of those who still can’t believe their eyes and the vote that casts her. raised.