Civil Rights and the Voting Rights Act
"No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color”
- Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act -
Selma, AL, 1965. Baltimore News American collection
The archival resources in this exhibition contain offensive and outdated language. We chose not to censor these items in order to accurately represent the bias and prejudice of the time. We strongly condemn the use of such language and ask exhibition visitors to engage with this material carefully and critically. Explicit warnings have been provided for those items with the most offensive language.
Civil Rights Act
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the hallmark of Civil Rights legislation in the U.S. It aimed to prevent discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin; strengthen the enforcement of voting rights; and end the application of Southern "Jim Crow" laws. Unfortunately, measures regarding the vote were relatively weak and did not ultimately prevent states and election officials from disenfranchising Southern Black voters. Activists continued the fight for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to better protect the Black vote.