August 6, 2016 – Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, enforcing the 15th amendment to the Constitution of the United States
August 6,1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, which prohibited discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting.
The Voting Right Act Entails:
- Nationwide prohibition of voting discrimination
- Enforced the voting rights in the 14th and 15th amendments
- Gave racial minorities the right to vote across the country
- Outlaws literacy tests
- No state or local government can impose any voting qualifications