Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Charles Steele Returns to Tuscaloosa to Address SCLC Convention

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Charles Steele Returns to Tuscaloosa to Address SCLC Convention

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Tuscaloosa will serve as host for this year's Alabama State Convention and Regional Voting Rights Summit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Registration for the summit begins at 1 p.m. today with the first event beginning two hours later.

The three-day summit will take place at Bethel Baptist Church at 3003 25th St., the church of SCLC state president the Rev. Schmitt Moore and SCLC national president and CEO the Rev. Charles Steele Jr.

Organizers said a donation of $50 per registrant is requested, but not required for those unable to afford it.

The theme of this year's summit is "We've Come Too Far To Turn Back Now: Voting Rights Act -- Then and Now," and Steele said a focus of the event will be the U.S. Supreme Court's elimination of state preclearance requirements under the Civil Rights Act of 1965.

"To be very blunt, we've gone back to states rights," said Steele, a Tuscaloosa native who served two terms on the Tuscaloosa City Council in the mid-1980s and early-1990s. …

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