August 6, 1965: President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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With Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and other civil rights leaders in attendance, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.

The Act prohibits states and local governments from imposing any “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure … to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.”

Specifically, Congress intended the Act to outlaw the practice of requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote, a principal means by which Southern states had prevented African Americans from exercising the franchise.

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