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Voting Rights Act of 1965

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kyra holiday

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Voting Rights Act of 1965

Voting Rights Act Of 1965 Blacks in the South faced many obstacles to voting in the 1960's. Whites felt, like everything else, that blacks shouldnt have the right to vote Starting in 1961, CORE joined SCLC in staging nonviolent demonstrations in Georgia, and Birmingham Despite the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which had enfranchised black men and women, southern voter registration boards used poll taxes, literacy tests, and other bureaucratic impediments to deny African Americans their legal rights. They often took on many water hoses and dogs in hope to attract national media attention and pressure the U.S. government to protect Black's constitutional rights Selma, Alabama was a site of one of the campaigns. In the first three months of 1965, a series of marches demanding an equal right to vote began. As in Birmingham, they met with violence and imprisonment. In the worst attack yet, "Bloody Sunday". Sunday, March 7, a group of Alabama state troopers, local sheriff's officers, and unofficial possemen used tear gas and clubs against 600 peaceful marchers. By now, the nation was watching.
The SNCC had led a voting registration campaign in Selma Six hundred marchers assembled in Selma on Sunday, March 7 Just befor they reached the bridge, they found their way blocked by Alabama State troopers and local police who ordered them to turn around When the protesters refused, the officers shot teargas and waded into the crowd, beating the nonviolent protesters with billy clubs and ultimately hospitalizing over fifty people.
President Johnson made civil rights one of his top priorities, using his formidable political skills to pass the Twenty-Fourth Amendment, which outlawed poll taxes. a week after "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Johnson gave a televised speech before Congress in which he denounced the assault. Two days later, the President sent the Voting Rights bill to Congress. By 1968, nearly 60 percent of eligible African Americans were registered to vote in Mississippi, and other southern states showed similar improvement
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