Al Sharpton: Voting Rights Act ruling revoked MLK achievementFollowing a Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that nullified a key portion of the Voting Rights Act, MSNBC host Al Sharpton released a statement accusing the court of having “revoked one of Dr. King’s greatest achievements.”

“This is a devastating blow to Americans, particularly African-Americans, who are now at the mercy of state governments,” Sharpton’s statement said, as released through his National Action Network.

Sharpton vowed in the statement that his already-planned march in Washington in August will be “centered around the protection and restoring of voter protection.” The march was originally planned to celebrate the “life and work” of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The court voted 5-4 to strike down a portion of the Voting Rights Act which compels some state’s to receive federal approval before changing their voting laws.

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