Frankfort Rally Commemorating 1964 Civil Rights March Focuses on Felon Voting Rights

FRANKFORT — The fight for civil rights in Kentucky continues 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. led a march in the state Capitol.

The 1964 march on Frankfort agitated for Civil Rights in segregation-era Kentucky, resulting in the passage of the 1966 Kentucky Civil Rights Act.

A commemorative rally today Wednesday centered on restoring the voting rights for felons. In Kentucky, about one in five African-American males cannot vote because a felony charge, and legislation has been proposed in the General Assembly to restore voting rights to felons.

Former state Sen. Georgia Powers spoke in support of a bill restoring suffrage for many felons.

“I suggest to you today felons, all those who are felons, I suggest to you that you organize, organize, organize your family members who vote to kick the rascals out who are the enemies of equality,” Powers says.

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The bill has passed the Republican-led Senate, but not after a GOP-led weakening of the legislation, which makes it effective for fewer felons than the original bill.

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