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1/ Today President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law on August 6, 1965, with MLK Jr present. In honor of this day I wanted to do a thread 🧵 about the #VRA54 and why #VoterSuppression cost us the White House in 2016 and could again in 2020. Buckle up!
2/Quick timeline:
✔️The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by Lincoln on January 1, 1863 (enslaved African Americans freed)
✔️Reconstruction begins 1863 to 1877
✔️14th Amendment ratified 1868.
✔️15th Amendment ratified 1870.
🚩White resentment is growing exponentially. #VRA54
3/15th Amendment gave Black men the right to vote. A record number of Black men were elected to Congress for the 1st time. Many white Southerns had (have) zero interest in Black people crafting laws so they started disinformation & voter suppression campaigns (sound familiar?)
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