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Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Olivia Clyde

on 16 November 2013

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Transcript of Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Voting Rights Act of
What was the Voting Act of 1965?
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was the movement of African Americans gaining their legal American rights. Such as the right to vote.
Events prior to:
There was a Civil Rights movement in the 1950's - 1960's in which the African Americans fought for more rights.
The Civil Rights Act in 1964 allowed African Americans to gain some of the American rights of which they lacked.
Martin Luther King Jr. organized many demonstrations for voting rights for the African Americans.
In order for African Americans to vote they had to pay a poll tax, do a literacy test, & other bureaucratic impediments.
Why was this act needed?
The African Americans lacked their legal American rights because of the color of their skin. They were not able to vote and if they tried the risked intimidation, economic reprisals, harassment, and physical abuse.
Who were the main individuals involved?
Martin Luther King Jr. gave many speeches to help the African Americans gain their rights.
Lyndon B Jonson, President at the time, gave a speech before the congress and 2 days later he sent the Voting Right Bill to the congress.
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What resulted because of this act?
Because of this act there were many marches for equality where some people faced imprisonment.
The African Americans slowly began to gain their voting rights .
African Americans no longer had to do poll taxes, literacy tests, or other bureaucratic impediments in order to vote.
Between 1965 and 1990 the number of African American state legislators & members of congress went from 2 to 160.
Works Cited
"Voting Rights Act of 1965." Voting Rights Act of 1965. CORE, 24 Mar. 2011. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
"Voting Rights Act of 1965." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Dec. 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
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