The Right to Vote!

August 6, 1965: The Voting Rights Act Signed Into Law
▪The 15th Amendment, ratified after the Civil War, prohibited states from denying male citizens the right to vote based on race, color or previous condition of servitude

▪Despite the 15th Amendment, African Americans were prevented from exercising their constitutional right to vote through the implementation of literacy test, poll taxes, intimidation, threats of violence and actual violence

▪On March 7, 1965 a peaceful march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery turned violent when the marchers were attacked by state troopers

▪After the March President Lyndon B. Johnson called for voting rights legislation

▪President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965 in the presence of Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders

▪The Act banned the use of literacy test and provided for federal oversight of voter resgistration in certain areas, and authorized the U.S. Attorney General to investigate the use of poll taxes
Book Feature: Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (2015)
Written by: Jonah Winter
Illustrated by: Shane W. Evans

Published by


A Children's Book Journey!