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…..to
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."