President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act as Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders look on. [LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto. #A1030-8a]

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act as Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders look on. [LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto. #A1030-8a]

View all 5 images

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act as Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders look on. [LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto. #A1030-8a] LBJ Library photo by Lauren Gerson, DIG13691-031. LBJ Library photo by Lauren Gerson, DIG13691-025. LBJ Library photo by Lauren Gerson, DIG13691-001. LBJ Library photo by Lauren Gerson, DIG13691-043.

A Conversation on Voting Rights

Nov 20, 2014

View the full event gallery

On August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Nearly fifty years later, voting rights are still a topic of hot debate. 

On Thursday, November 20, the Future Forum convened a panel of experts to discuss the Voting Rights Act, legal rulings over the years, the Texas voter ID law, and the November election. Panelists:

  • Joseph Fishkin, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Law School
  • Hans von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation
  • Joe Deshotel, Jr., Communications Director, Travis County Democratic Party

The conversation was moderated by Sherri Greenberg, Director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a former member of the Texas House of Representatives.

For historical perspective, the LBJ Library has collected photographs, videos, and a telephone conversation related to the Voting Rights Act passed by President Johnson in 1965. See the Voting Rights Act media kit.

The Future Forum is a public policy discussion forum that provides thought leadership through compelling programs and activities, inspiring the doers of today and the builders of tomorrow. Learn more and become a member.

Quick Links

Contact Us

Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]


Deborah Arronge
Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
[email protected]
(512) 721-0198


Please be aware that LBJ Presidential Library events may be filmed and/or photographed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the LBJ Library to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the Library, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.