The Voting Rights Act of 1965

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IntroductionEver imagined a country where the denizens cannot participate in government issues/actions because of their ethnicity, and background? If not, United States is a perfect example of a country that denied the African Americans and the minorities the right to vote. Throughout the U.S. history, there have been many issues tied to the minorities and the blacks, but these issues were ignored by the Americans. To eradicate those issues, there have been many acts that have been passed out by the Congress and then signed by the President so it can be enacted. One of the major Acts that was passed to alleviate the issues dealing with the minorities and the African Americans is known as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is a vital act for the group of African Americans and the minorities due to its accomplishment. The act brought changes to the way African Americans and the minorities were treated during that period.

They couldn't vote or register to vote, and also they couldn't participate in issues associated with government. But then after the Selma March by Reverend Martin Luther King, the National Government was attentive on the disfranchisement of Southern blacks. This March led to the passage of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed by U.S. Congress and signed by President Lyndon Johnson. President Lyndon once said, "Rarely are we met with a challenge… the values and the purposes and the meaning of our beloved Nation. The issue of equal rights for American Negros is such an issue…..the command of the Constitution is plain. It is wrong - deadly wrong - to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country." A strong remarkable statement uttered by Lyndon to show his ambition to...