Celebrating one of the Voting Rights Act’s many anniversaries

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, calling it “one of the most monumental laws in the entire history of American freedom.” The ensuing 50 years have proven President Johnson right and vindicated the long struggle of the civil rights activists who fought for its passage. Although voting discrimination still remains all too common, the VRA’s tools to end racial discrimination in voting have nonetheless played a critical role in bringing our nation ever closer to achieving the national ideal of equality under the law. Read more