1965 Voting Rights Act
“But he was on the floor and heard a fellow Louisianan get up and give a speech saying that there was no discrimination in the state and that blacks could vote in Louisiana as easily as whites. And he just couldn’t stand it. So he got up and made, really, what many people thought was the best speech of his life, for voting rights. It was quite a moment. Because, of course, that piece of legislation is really the signal piece of legislation in the whole civil rights movement, having more effect, really, than any other piece of legislation.”
—Cokie Roberts, June 23, 2009
Congressional Correspondent and Daughter of Representatives Hale and Lindy Boggs of Louisiana
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
Detailed account of Louisiana Representative Hale Boggs' decision to speak on behalf of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The VRA Signing Ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda
Former Page Jeffrey Oshins describes the historic moment when President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.