The Voting Rights Act

Kylie Johnson

The Outlook

The voting rights act is a piece of federal legislation. it was against racial discrimination in voting. The law for voting rights was signed off by Lydon B. Johnson. On August 6, 1965, congress amended the act five times to expand protection. This act was designed to guarantee voting rights from the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments. The act supported voting from racial, this was especially important towards the south ." The act was considered to be the most effective piece of civil rights". The impact from the voting rights act showed improvement from discrimination, and especially African Americans. The voting rights act affects us in a huge way that most people don't recognize, without this act you might wonder if we ever came together, or if we would be separated by skin color, being able to or do things others can because of our appearances.


On June 25, 2013. The U.S Supreme Court " overturned a key provision" of the voting rights act, by removing a tool of combat of racial discrimination. With a large history of discrimination, the jurisdiction must seek approval before making changes in laws, and acts. Also on January 16, 2014 , John conyers and James sensenbrenner, introduced a bill that would strengthen the voting rights act, it assured others to the saftey of equal rights.

Fun Facts

1. March 7, 1965 became known as "Bloody Sunday",after African Americans marched into protest,but we're attacked by state troopers.

2. Not only were African Americans affected but also American Indians, Asian Americans,and Alaskan natives,we're all affected during this time period.

3. In 2013 the Supreme Court ruled a political subdivision subject called sections.

4. When section 5 was declared unconstitutional many minorities and groups voiced their anger.

5. Along with the civil rights act, the voting rights act was one of the most expansive pieces in history.


The voting rights act changed society by fighting against segregation.the 14th and 15th amendment were passed after the civil war to protect the voting rights act along with many newly freed slaves. Then soon after 6 African Americans were members of the U.S House of Representatives. " The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open"- Martin Luther King.The voting rights act was so important because it fought for African Americans and slaves. Only 50% of the non-white community were allowed to vote. Even with the voting rights act, it was still weak and most ignored it.


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