HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY IN 1965

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On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a
joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation
guaranteeing voting rights for all.

Using the phrase “we shall overcome,” borrowed from African
American leaders struggling for equal rights, Johnson declares
that “every American citizen must have an equal right to vote.”

Johnson reminds the nation that the Fifteenth Amendment, which
was passed after the
Civil War, gave all citizens the right to vote
regardless of race or color.

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President Johnson (right) meeting with civil rights leaders.

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President Lyndon Johnson signing the 1965
Civil Rights Bill, also known as The Voting
Rights Act.

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