50th Anniversary: Voting Rights Act

Rev. Fred C. Bennette Jr. (R) instructs Atlanta African Americans how to fill out registration forms which will enable them to vote on Jul. 22, 1963. Similar classes were held in other cities in an effort to increase African American voting power, which is a powerful weapon in his fight against segregation. Seated from left are Austin L. Hayes, Mrs. Dollie M. Shepherd, and Mrs. Hattie Ward. Photo by Horace Cort/AP

Rev. Fred C. Bennette Jr. (R) instructs Atlanta African Americans how to fill out registration forms which will enable them to vote on Jul. 22, 1963. Similar classes were held in other cities in an effort to increase African American voting power, which is a powerful weapon in his fight against segregation. Seated from left are Austin L. Hayes, Mrs. Dollie M. Shepherd, and Mrs. Hattie Ward.
Photo by Horace Cort/AP

The Voting Rights Act was enacted 50 years ago on August 6, 2015 in response to civil rights marches throughout the American South.  While transportation is commonly considered as the act of moving people or goods from one place to another in the case of the voting rights act it was necessary for advocates and the populace to take to the streets as pedestrians to march on behalf of this legislation.  Marching in protest for civil rights and justice was the key toward implementing this important law.  To find out more about the events leading up to the signing of this historic law by President Lyndon Johnson click here.

~Thanks to Craig Copelan for this post

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