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On This Day in History August 6th,1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, outlawing the literacy test for voting eligibility in the South.

6 Aug

 

Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964, the landmark Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination and segregation regardless of race or color. It was originally introduced in congress by President John F. Kennedy before he was assassinated in 1963.

Among those present at the signing were:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
Sen. Everett Dirksen
Sen. Hubert Humphrey
F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover

 

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