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March Leads to Voting Rights Act

March Leads to Voting Rights Act

On March 25, 1965, Martin Luther King addressed civil rights activists in Montgomery, Alabama, who had endured violent resistance and long days of walking on a 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama. They had marched, in part, to protest the blockage of legal voting rights for African Americans in the South. The march prompted President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that outlawed any action interfering with a citizen’s right to vote.

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