voting rights act of 1965
Blacks in the south finally get to go to the polls
the fight for voting rights
starting in 1961, staging nonviolent demonstrations hoping to attract national media attention and pressure the U.S. government to protect Black's constitutional rights. trying to inspire others to take a stand and show the world that if only one person could take stand against a union then why shouldn't others can do the same.throught the protests racist police violently attacking the protesters with water hoses, police dogs, and nightsticks awakened the consciences of whites.
throught all of te trials non-white people went throught just to earn the right to vote. the strikes and marches began since 1961 after 4 long years of protesting and patiently fighting for the rights they deserve since the they were set free. but this movement was for all african americans in the U.S. it was ostly targeted on the people in the south to be able to go to the polls.
signed into law on August 6, 1965
This act was signed into law on August 6, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson. It outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War . It also banned discriminatory literacy tests and expanded voting rights for non-English speaking Americans. The law's effects were wide and powerful. By 1968, nearly 60 percent of eligible African Americans were registered to vote in Mississippi, and other southern states showed similar improvement. Between 1965 and 1990, the number of black state legislators and members of Congress rose from two to 160 .