Today in Black History: June 22, 1970

Richard Nixon

On June 22, 1970, Richard Nixon signed a bill extending the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to 1975. The Voting Rights Act of 1965, empowered the federal government to oversee voter registration and elections in counties that had used tests to determine voter eligibility, banning discriminatory literacy tests, and expanded voting rights for non-English speaking Americans.

Source: Voting Rights Act of 1965

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