Make your own free website on
Executive Order 8802
Armed Forces Integration
Brown vs. Board of Education
The Killing Of Emmett Till
Greensboro Sit-ins
Freedom Riders
The Coming of James Meredith
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
"Children's Crusade"
" The March On Washington"
1964 Freedom Summer Project
Civil Rights Act of 1964
24th Amendment
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Watts Riots
Neshoba Country, Miss
Salem, Alabama
Martin Luther King, Jr.
On the Bus With Rosa Parks
Black Panthers
Newark Riots
Detroit Riots
Negro Spirituals
Photo Gallery
Events of Civil Rights Movement

Black History

Voting Rights Act of 1965


       On March 7, 1965, both President Johnson and Congress were persuaded to change the Southern legislation voting rights due to the act of state troopers acting on peaceful marchers who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, headed to the state capital in Montgomery. 
Congress concluded that the federal anti-discrimination laws were not sufficient due to the 15th ammendment, this bill was soon signed by President Johnson on August 6, 1965. This act allowed many African-Americans to vote because it outlawed poll taxes and literacy tests.
Excerpt from a speech by President L.B. Johnson proposing the act...
"Rarely are we met with a challenge… the values and the purposes and the meaning of our beloved Nation. The issue of equal rights for American Negroes is such as an issue…..the command of the Constitution is plain. It is wrong - deadly wrong - to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to  vote in this country."