Press Release

Black Economic Alliance Statement on 8th Circuit Voting Rights Act Ruling

By Black Economic Alliance |
Young mixed-race woman ready to vote with blurred voting booth in foreground, being removed.



Washington, DC – (November 21, 2023) –– Today, the Black Economic Alliance (BEA), a nonpartisan group of Black business leaders and aligned advocates, released the below statement from CEO Samantha Tweedy in response to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act:

“The right to vote is intrinsically linked to securing economic equity and prosperity in this country. For decades, courts have agreed that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act gives private citizens and civil rights groups the ability to defend this sacred right – which is especially important for Black Americans, whose right to vote has historically been and remains under attack. 

“This ruling represents a drastic and dangerous departure from that precedent. We must not allow it to stand in the way of securing a more just and equitable democracy where Black Americans’ – and all Americans’ – votes are cast and counted.”


About the Black Economic Alliance 
The Black Economic Alliance is a coalition of Black business leaders and aligned advocates committed to driving economic progress for the Black community through public policy, advocacy, and engagement with government and business leaders. Led by a board that includes executives from a range of industries including media, finance, pharmaceutical, nonprofit, and tech, BEA uses its collective power and business acumen to advance policies that will improve work, wages, and wealth for Black Americans. |