On August 6th, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Right Act of 1965 into law, outlawing any state effort to “deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” Critical sections of the law were ruled unconstitutional in 2013 as a result of the Shelby County vs Holder case.
This pivotal turning point in legislative history ensured that discriminatory practices such as literacy tests and other barriers could no longer hinder minority voters.
We, in our turn, can honor the legacy of those who fought to enfranchise minorities, by valuing and exercising the right to vote.
One Vote, One Vocie:
Click on image above to read the history of the VRA and to see how almost half-century after its passage, it continues to be a guiding force in American policts.