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Voting Rights Act of 1965

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  • LBJ linked Latinos, civil rights in 'Selma' speech

    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson asked a joint session of Congress to respond to the brutal beatings of protesters in Selma, Alabama, by passing a federal Voting Rights Act that would "open the city of hope to all people of all races."
  • Injustice is resilient, but so are defenders of freedom

    First, they sang "God Will Take Care of You." Then they walked out of Brown Chapel to a playground where they organized themselves into 24 groups of 25 each and set out marching. Their route out of Selma took them onto Highway 80, which is carried over...

    Congress clears bill to award gold medal to Selma marchers

    Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to those who participated in the historic Selma civil rights protest 50 years ago, enduring police violence as they peacefully marched for the right to vote. The...

    This is today's Selma

    SELMA, Ala. There's "Selma" the movie, a powerful testament to the Civil Rights Era. And there's Selma the city, where vacant storefronts abound on Broad Street, the main thoroughfare leading to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. "No one's going to care about...

    Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

    For President Barack Obama, it's a week to invoke America's civil rights struggles from past to present. The nation's first black president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of one of the movement's...