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Voting Rights Act of 1965

Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is widely considered one of the most important and successful pieces of civil rights legislation. It allowed thousands of African-Americans access to the right to vote, which had been denied for a hundred years. The law would later be extended to provide coverage for other minority groups, ensuring that all citizens would have the right to have their voices heard via the ballot box.  The historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 marked its 50th anniversary in 2015.

MDHR has a variety of media that provide information on this important piece of legislation. Notably, a timeline features milestones and interesting facts regarding the history that led up to this historic voting rights legislation. Additionally several podcasts and an episode of Minnesota Conversations television show provide detailed information on topics regarding voting rights history, the attack on marchers in Selma on March 7, 1965, insight into Shelby County versus Holder U.S. Supreme Court case regarding the constitutionality of two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and finally the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. MDHR invites you to take a journey through history to gain insight into voting rights in Minnesota and the United States.

Minnesota Conversations: Voting Rights Act of 1965 video

More than 50 years ago, Congress passed what has been called the most significant piece of legislation in the area of civil rights: the Voting Rights Act of 1965. View Minnesota Conversations as it discusses this important legislation. Watch the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on Minnesota Conversations. 

Voting Rights - Exploring "the second great disenfranchisement"

MDHR Commissioner Lindsey explored voting rights in the following speech given at the Crossing Bridges: Selma to Minnesota event on March 8, 2015, at Central Presbyterian Church. The event was held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march. The day consisted of a march from the State Capitol mall steps to Central Presbyterian Church where more than a thousand people gathered for a hour-long program. Read the Commissioner's voting rights speech.

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