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Rep. Jan Schakowsky Statement on the 51st Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)--August 5, 2016.   Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement for the upcoming 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965:

“Fifty one years ago, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law—ushering in a new age in American democracy. For decades leading up to its passage, too many Americans were blocked from voting because of discriminatory barriers like poll taxes and literacy tests, or were threatened if they sought their right to vote. Although they faced violence, prison time, and the threat of death . . .

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