20 Iconic Milestones in the Fight for Civil Rights

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  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Selma-to-Montgomery March
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Million Man March
  • James Byrd Jr.
  • President Obama
  • Trayvon Martin
  • March on Washington
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Dred Scott Decision
  • NAACP
  • Jackie Robinson Breaks Racial Barriers in Baseball
  • Integration of the U.S. Military
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Emmett Till
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • “Little Rock Nine”
  • Woolworth Lunch Counter
  • The March on Washington

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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