President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Voting Rights Act with Martin Luther King, Jr., and Other Civil Rights Leaders Look On.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation that prohibits racial discrimination in voting. It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement on August 6, 1965, and Congress later amended the Act five times to expand its protections. In 2013, the United States Supreme Court rendered parts of the Act unconstitutional and unenforceable.
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