Voting Rights Ruling: The Impact

U.S. Supreme Court rules Congress needs to update 1965 Voting Rights Act.
1:51 | 06/25/13

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As you pointed out across the country, a lot of people remember what this law meant to them nearly 60 years ago. Steve osunsami got their reaction today. Reporter: At his home in alabama, in the community where the voting rights act may have met its end, reverend albert jones said 40 years has not been enough time. He says he still hears the echoes of the hateful voices FROM THE 1960s. I'm not for aggression. I'm for segregation. I will be until I die. Reporter: Jones fought on the front line for civil rights. He said it feels like yesterday when he woke up to find a burning cross in his yard and when to register to vote. They asked who he knew. When he gave them name of a black businessman, they asked for someone who was white. He took a literacy test. You had to take a literacy test? I did. I took one. I passed the test. I can read and write. Reporter: Reverend jones says he wants the country to realize today that instead of literacy tests, black families struggle with voter i.D. Laws and redistricting. Some in alabama tonight are praising the supreme court's decision, including the state's governor, who says times have changed. You have to look at results. And the results are, 27% of the representation in this state are african-americans. And we have lived up to what the supreme court asked us to do over the last 48 years. Reporter: The families here who feel they lost tell us they feel far from washington today. And have little faith that congress will rebuild the law. Steve osunsami, abc news, shelby county, alabama.

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