Our vigorous voting rights

Without our voting rights, some wouldn't be able to vote!

About the voting rights act

This act was meant to grant anyone voting rights regardless of their race. African Americans in the South faced obstacles to voting, such as poll taxes and literacy tests which deny them the right to vote. They risked harassment, physical violence, or intimidation when they tried to register to vote. This "act to enforce the 15th amendment to the constitution" was signed into a law 95 years after the amendment was ratified.

The act turned into a law

After debating the bill for more than a month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 333-85 on July 9th. President Johnson signed the act it in 1965 with MLK and other civil rights leaders present at the ceremony. This is a picture of the Voting Rights Act being signed.

Three pictures of 1965

Connection to the present day.

For my present day example I did gay marriage.

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.

The Impact

This changed our society by giving African Americans their rights to vote. It was very important because it gave people the equal rights they deserve. It's very relevant today because if the voting rights act didn't exist, some people wouldn't be able to vote! "Give us the ballot, and we will quietly and non violently, without rancor or bitterness, implement the Supreme Courts decision of May 17th, 1954." -MLK

Five Fun Facts!

1. On March 7th, 1965, a group of African Americans marched into Selma, Alabama, a peaceful protest against voter suppression, but they were attacked by state troopers in what became known as "Bloody Sunday."

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.