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Voting Rights Act of 1965

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…..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."