20 Iconic Milestones in the Fight for Civil Rights
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibited discriminatory voting practices adopted in many Southern states after the Civil War, including poll taxes, literacy tests and other measures meant to deny African-Americans the right to vote. A recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court invalidated a key section requiring nine states to have federal approval before changing their voting laws and regulations.
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