Our vigorous voting rights
Without our voting rights, some wouldn't be able to vote!
About the voting rights act
The act turned into a law
Three pictures of 1965
This is a picture of President Lyndon Johnson handing a pen and about to shake hands with MLK, about to sign the bill.
March for rights!
This is a picture of African Americans marching on the streets, standing up for their rights.
Fight for rights!
This is a picture of two men ready to stand up for themselves and other African Americans so they can vote.
March for rights!
Connection to the present day.
In the 1960s African Americans were not allowed to vote and it was recently illegal to marry the same gender. A law had to be made for both of these things. Some people thought that African Americans were NOT equal and should not vote, however only few others thought that they are equal, therefore there were many debates. There were also debates about gay marriage, while people did not like the idea because of religious beliefs, others said its their decision on who they want to marry. People were also against African Americans AND gay people, calling them names. Some people still hate the voting and gay marriage laws.
Five Fun Facts!
2. Though the act was directly to African Americans, other minorities also shared in its provisions. American Indians, Asian Americans, Alaskan Natives, or people of Spanish heritage were included.
3. There have been 3 significant revisions to the original legislation.
4. In 1975, the Voting Rights Act was amended to include provisions requiring voting materials be made available to minorities to vote but for whom English wasn't their primary language.
5. The act erased the use of literacy polls in jurisdictions.