[August 6, 2015] The Voting Acts Right at 150

THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AT 50

President Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks at the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks at the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965

Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. Front and center at the signing ceremony was Baptist minister and Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fifty years later, several news stories and commentary offer historical perspective on the legislation that transformed race and politics in America:

The Voting Rights Act at 50: How the Law Came to Be (Maya Rhodan, TIME)

The Voting Rights Act and the Second Redemption (Kermit Roosevelt, Constitution Daily)

Why the Voting Rights Act Matters So Much Today (Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press)

This is Why the Voting Rights Act is on Trial in North Carolina (Richard L. Hasen, Washington Post)

Why the Voting Rights Act is Once Again Under Threat (Ari Berman, New York Times)

A Dream Undone (Jim Rutenberg, New York Times Magazine)