President Lyndon B. Johnson reaches out to shake Dr. Martin Luther King's hand
Original Author: White House Photo Office/LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto
Created: August 6, 1965
Medium: Photographic copy

Voting Rights Act of 1965

After signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in the President's Room in the U.S. Capitol, President Lyndon B. Johnson turns to shake hands with the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King while others look on. This seminal piece of federal legislation prohibited racial discrimination in voting.

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