Election 2016

Cranston: Black Voters Are Being Silenced at the Polls

Bryan Cranston |  @BryanCranston | July 27, 2016 | Source: Time | Photo: Kris Connor/Getty

Cranston is an actor known for his roles in Breaking Bad and All the Way

We must restore voting rights now—our nation's future is at stake

The most direct line we have as citizens of this great nation to the people who govern us is our inalienable right to pull the lever in the voting booth.

“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men,” were the wise words of former President Lyndon B. Johnson as he faced our nation’s most heated civil rights battle of the century.

When I played President LBJ in the stage and film versions of All The Way, I was portraying a leader whose commitment to civil rights led to the passage of two critically important bills: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Those laws have been absorbed into our nation’s DNA over the past five decades, and most of us don’t give them a second thought. We simply enjoy the fruits of the labor of generations past. But at a time when we face some of the same tough challenges we did in 1964—around equal rights and race and access to voting during a presidential election year—it couldn’t be any more relevant to turn fully toward this important issue now.

Read the full piece HERE.