On 6 August 2015, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) will be turning 50 years old. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson approved this groundbreaking legislation to eliminate discriminatory barriers to voting. The Civil Rights Movement played a notable role in pushing the VRA to become law. In honor of the law’s birthday, Oxford University Press has put together a quiz to test how much you know about its background, including a major factor in its success, Section 5. Delve deeper into its complex history in “Enforcing Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act” by Michael K. Fauntroy, available on Oxford Handbooks Online.
Image Credit: “President Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks at the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965” by Yoichi Okamoto. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.