voting rights act

As the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kicked off earlier this week, many demonstrators demanded politicians take up the push for federal voting rights reform. In the demonstrations, King’s family joined the cause, stating there could be “no celebration without legislation.” The Freedom To Vote Act was created to set new minimum standards […]

The House of Representatives voted yes on a bill that included the removal of confederate statues from the Capitol. One of the statues being removed is a bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney that resides in the Old Supreme Court Chamber. He was the reason the Dread Scott decision, which ruled that Black people […]

On May 25th, 1965,  a bill to prohibit racial discrimination in voting in the United Sates overcame the threat of a filibuster in the senate by a 70-30 vote for cloture. 

Voting Rights Act Of 1965, August 1965 In August 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law with the goal of overcoming the legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevents African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment in the Constitution of the U.S. The […]

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