Voting Rights Act
Created on May 22, 2023
This is Lyndon B. Johnson who was president of the United States from 1963 - 1969.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders are standing behind President Johnson.
Where does it look like this picture was taken? What about the time period?
President Lyndon Johnson Signing the Voting Rights Act August 6, 1965 This photograph shows President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders look on, in the President's Room of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. In 1965 the United States Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. The law was meant to stop state and local governments from passing their own laws that kept African Americans from voting. U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill into law on August 6, 1965. It is considered one of the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history. Voting is an important civil right. It gives citizens a voice in government. People in power sometimes want to control who can vote, but many people have fought to gain and keep that right. (Source)