Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Voting Rights Act at 50

For the first 48 years of its existence, the Voting Rights Act — signed by President Lyndon Johnson 50 years ago this week — was one of the most popular and effective civil rights laws in American history. Centuries of slavery, segregation and officially sanctioned discrimination had kept African-Americans from having any real voice in the nation’s politics. Under the aggressive new law, black voter registration and turnout soared, as did the number of black elected officials.

More:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/opinion/the-voting-rights-act-at-50.html

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