theGrio Reflects: Signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Luther Vandross was outed as gay after his death.

In light of today’s Supreme Court decision to exempt a district in Texas from the Voting Rights Act , reflects on the 1965 signing of the Voting Rights Act and its purpose.

Signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 and witnessed by leaders such as Roy Wilkins and Martin Luther King, Jr., the Voter Registration Act gave a political voice to millions of African Americans.

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