Our right to vote: Landmark legislation turns 55

AmNews Staff Reports | 2/12/2020, 10:35 a.m.
Fifty-five years ago, the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders watched former President Lyndon B. Johnson ...
Voting has begun in the 2016 Presidential Election in Ashburn, VA. CNN photo

Fifty-five years ago, the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders watched former President Lyndon B. Johnson sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law to protect Black people, who were terrorized and intimidated for trying to exercise their right to vote.

Now, in 2020, with a pivotal presidential election approaching, activists and scholars say African-Americans should not only reflect on the moment, but continue the work of protecting Black voters’ rights.

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