Today in 1965, The Voting Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The Act applied a nationwide prohibition of the denial or abridgment of the right to vote on account of race or color. It outlawed discriminatory literacy tests, expanded voting rights for non-English speaking Americans, and appointed Federal examiners to oversee voter registration and elections. Read More
The law had an immediate impact. By the end of 1965, a quarter of a million new African American voters had been registered, one-third by Federal examiners.
In this photo, LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington, DC. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders stand behind him.
President Lyndon B. Johnson at the speaker’s podium addressing a Joint Session of Congress urging the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
LBJ handing a signing pen to Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act as Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders look on.
LBJ delivering remarks in the Capitol Rotunda. A statue of Abraham Lincoln is in background.
August 6, 1965.
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