On the 52nd anniversary of the Voting Righs Act, we’re re-posting UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía’s call to action on the law’s 50th birthday. We cannot just commemorate the Voting Rights Act, we must also work to restore it.
By Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS
The year 1965 is a landmark for civil rights in our nation—it is the year President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law, a turning point in the fight for equality and the eradication of institutionalized discrimination in the United States. Many consider the VRA to be the most significant piece of civil rights legislation in the country’s history—for years it has helped ensure historically disenfranchised and segregated minority communities are given equal access to the voting booth and an equal voice in determining our national destiny. Following the enactment of the VRA, electoral participation in Black and Latino communities soared as did the number of elected minorities. As a result, today we have a much more diverse electorate and Congress.