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Ken Frazier, Black CEOs urge firms to oppose restrictive laws


A group of Black business executives are imploring corporate leaders in the U.S. to take forceful stands against efforts to restrict voting access, following a new law in Georgia that critics say will disproportionally hurt voters of color.

Two of the organizers — Merck CEO Ken Frazier and Ken Chenault, former American Express CEO — appeared Wednesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” describing the effort as a moral obligation in the face of longstanding injustices faced by Black voters.

“Corporations have to stand up. There is no middle ground,” said Chenault, who was one of the first Black chief executives at a Fortune 500 company. “This is about all Americans having the right to vote, but we…


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