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Congressman Al Green Celebrates Anniversary of 1965 Voting Rights Act’s Enactment at LBJ Monument Dedication

August 6, 2021

(Houston, TX) – On Friday, August 6, 2021, Congressman Al Green released the following statement:    

“The Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided preeminent policy on equitable enfranchisement for eligible voters in the United States of America. Nearly a century after the passage and ratification of the 15th Amendment, President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s signing of the VRA gave way to a means to enforce our nation’s original voting rights legislation,” Congressman Al Green said in a statement. “A lot has changed since 1965. In 1965, there were only 6 Black, 4 AAPI, 4 Latinx, and 13 women Members of Congress. Fifty-six years later, there are 60 Black, 21 AAPI, 54 Latinx, and 147 women Members of Congress serving not only our respective communities, but our great nation as whole. Many of these exponential gains in representation are attributable to the VRA. However, although we have made significant strides with what Congress looks like, we are still fighting to ensure that President Johnson’s 1965 legacy allows all eligible voters to access the ballot box freely and fairly.”

Congressman Green – who attended the LBJ Monument and Apollo I Dedication Ceremony on the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act – added, “There have been many attacks on the Voting Rights Act over the past 56 years, and in 2021, we are still fighting for full enforcement of the 15th Amendment for all eligible voters in our country. With rampant voter suppression tactics and restrictive voting legislation introduced in 48 states this year, the right to vote is being aggressively threatened. Time is of the essence; we must pass and enact the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Our right to participate in free and fair elections greatly depends on it.”