Beatty Commemorates 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
Today, August 6th, marks fifty-five years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 (P.L. 89-110). Reflecting on the significance of this historic civil rights law, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:
“Fifty-five years ago, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, capping off a centuries’ long fight to ensure equal access to the ballot box for Black Americans.
This year’s anniversary is all the more significant given the recent passing of Civil Rights icon, the ‘Conscience of the Congress,’ Congressman John R. Lewis. From ‘Bloody Sunday’ and crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in segregated Selma, Alabama, to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, Congressman Lewis put his body, mind, and freedom on the line time and time again to make sure that all Americans have an equal opportunity to register and to vote.
Now it is up to all of us to continue his lifelong work, and that begins with Congress passing the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act, H.R. 4. I can think of no better way to honor the life and legacy of Congressman Lewis, as well as mark the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, than by reaffirming our country’s commitment to fair, free elections nationwide.”