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 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.