On the eve of Independence Day, a local group is denouncing a recent decision by the Supreme Court.
Members of the Allentown, Easton and Bethlehem NAACP are speaking out against the high court's ruling that limits a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Last month, the court shot down a section that allowed the federal government to oversee voting in states with a history of voter discrimination.
The head of the Bethlehem NAACP calls the Voting Rights Act vital to protecting the civil rights of people.
"We work hard for the right to vote. And I don't think we should have to fight for it in this sense. It is a God-given right, it's part of the Constitution, " said Esther Lee, President of the Bethlehem NAACP
Lee says going forward, the country will have to make sure that all minorities know voting is a right and a privilege.