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Benjamin Barber

Benjamin Barber is the Democracy Program Coordinator at the Institute for Southern Studies, a contributing writer for Facing South, and a graduate of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a bachelor's degree in history from Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. Benjamin previously interned with the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama and with Facing South, and he served as the historian for the North Carolina NAACP Youth and College Division. His research focuses on voting rights, democracy, and Southern history.

Articles by this author

 

The Movement to Restore Ex-Felons' Voting Rights is Now Focusing on the States

Felony disenfranchisement laws are rooted in the Jim Crow era and were implemented to suppress Black electoral power

Benjamin Barber ·


Schools in the South Are Failing to Teach Accurate Reconstruction History

A report found that most state standards on Reconstruction history focus solely on governmental actions while ignoring the grassroots political strategies developed by Black communities during this period.

Benjamin Barber ·


Democrats Ready Final Push for Voting Rights—Did They Act Too Late?

Many activists have criticized Biden for waiting so long to prioritize voting rights and use his power to pressure congressional lawmakers.

Benjamin Barber ·


Time Is Running Out to Pass Voting Rights Bills and Protect Democracy

To counter these attacks on democracy, voting rights advocates are pressuring Senate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster.

Benjamin Barber ·


Safeguarding Elections Amid a Pandemic

Civil rights groups say a minimum of $2 billion is needed to properly safeguard the upcoming elections amid the coronavirus crisis.

Benjamin Barber ·


The Partisan Gerrymandering Cases That Could Shape the Future of Southern Politics

 Gerrymandering is facing an unprecedented challenge, with two landmark lawsuits over the practice now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court

Benjamin Barber ·

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