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14 Important Moments From The Passing Of The Voting Rights Act

A key provision of the law was struck down today. How the historic bill was passed in 1965.

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1. President Johnson had this phone call with Martin Luther King Jr. discussing strategy for passing the law.

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2. President Johnson gave this address to Congress urging the to pass the Voting Rights Act.

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3. "There is no constitutional issue here. The command of the Constitution is plain. There is no moral issue. It is wrong, deadly wrong, to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country."

4. Martin Luther King, Jr. received this telegram requesting his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on the Voting Rights Act the day after President Johnson sent it to Congress.

5. Johnson gave these remarks on signing the Voting Rights Act.

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11. Johnson held a signed copy of the bill with Congressional leaders Sen. Jacob Javits, Sen. Mike Mansfield, V.P. Hubert Humphrey, Sen. Everett Dirksen, and Speaker John McCormack who helped pass it.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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