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This Day in History: LBJ Urges Congress to Pass Voting Rights Act in '65

VOA News Wednesday, 15 March 2017
On this day, March 15 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress, urging legislation that would guarantee voting rights for all, regardless of race or color. Using the phrase “We shall overcome,” borrowed from leaders of the civil rights movement such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Johnson declared that “every American citizen must have an equal right to vote.” ​Johnson reminded the nation that the 15th Amendment, passed after the Civil War,...
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Federal judges found more problems in Texas' voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities. Before leaving office, former President Barack Obama set out to protect at the ballot box. The ruling late...

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