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#August1965 #VotingRightsAct #RaceMatters #BlackLivesMatter
On 6 August 1965, after a long struggle by Black Americans - led by Dr. Martin Luther #King - to see their voting rights realized, finally, President Lyndon B. #Johnson signed the #VotingRightsAct of 1965. Image
#August1965 #VotingRightsAct #RaceMatters
Prior to this event, peaceful protests were violently dissolved by law enforcement. In Selma, Alabama, protesters, young and old, were beaten up and also killed.
In his speech, President Johnson acknowledged that the promise for equality had not been kept for African-Americans and that although they were freed from slavery, their human rights continued to be denied.
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