In Senate, an emotional appeal to restore ‘heart and soul’ of Voting Rights Act is made by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a leader of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery

by Warren Richey

A young boy rides his bike through the courtyard of a Sibley Plaza housing complex near the parking lot where Washington’s Temple Courts Apartments once stood. Temple Courts was torn down five years ago as part of a plan to rejuvenate the area, into which the city had pledged to marshal hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment. Today, hundreds of people remain far from their homes, some in living conditions no better than the ones they left. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post

Rep. John Lewis (D) of Georgia, an icon of the civil rights movement, urged members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to quickly restore a key section of the Voting Rights Act that recently had been struck down as unconstitutional.