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Redistricting Leaves Some Southern States with a Single Black-Majority District

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3  SOUTHERN  STATES— Civil rights activists and some lawmakers are concerned that new redistricting maps in three Southern states will dilute the voices of Black people. In Alabama and Louisiana, Republican-dominated legislatures have approved maps with one majority-Black district, despite Black people accounting for nearly one-third of the population in each state.

In Florida, legislators approved a map that dismantles at least one district where Black voters have a strong voice. Civil rights activists worry the maps could diminish minority representation on Capitol Hill. The issue is especially contentious this year, when Democrats are fighting to hang on to slim majorities in Congress.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.