By: Kristen Miller
Timeline and Introduction:
Events Involving Voting Rights
- Voting Rights Act of 1965: This act enforced the 15th amendment. Due to the constant struggle African Americans faced to vote, this Act allowed them to carry out their rights to vote.
- 1965 March: More than 500 non-violent civil rights marchers are attacked by law enforcement officers while attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to demand the need for African American voting rights.
- 1982: Ronald Reagan extended the Voting Rights Act . This allowed the voting rights act to be extended and for the Act to be continued for the following year. It continued to provide the government with more respect of all of its peoples.
"I have a dream..."
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exhalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
- While this is only a quarter of Martin Luther Kings famous "I have a dream" speech, the point is made in the few above paragraphs. Martin Luther King was very passionate in gaining the rights of white man and felt as if it was necessary in order for an equal country.
Laws and Court Cases:
- 15 amendment: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." [This amendment in particular allowed and attempted to secure the right to vote for newly freed slaves. In many abolitionists’ eyes, the right to vote was the most important right of citizenship for black men]
- 26 amendment: "The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age. "
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