President Lyndon B. Johnson speaking before signing the Voting Rights Act [LBJ Library photo #A1032-15 by Yoichi Okamoto]
Voting Rights Act Media Kit
Jun 25, 2013
On August 6, 1965, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. For historical perspective, the LBJ Library has collected related photographs, videos, and a telephone conversation. All are in the public domain.
The video and full text of the speech that President Johnson made to Congress on March 15, 1965, urging passage of the Voting Rights Act are available here. Media who wish to obtain a copy of this video may call or email Anne Wheeler.
Two video clips from the speech are also available:
LBJ calls on Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. TRT: 5 minutes 29 seconds.
LBJ explains why he is passionate about extending voting rights. He talks about teaching poor students in Cotulla, Texas. TRT: 2 minutes 4 seconds.
On January 15, 1965, President Johnson called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to discuss strategy for passing the Voting Rights Act through Congress. Dr. King's voice is a little difficult to hear. TRT: 2 minutes 50 seconds. Download audio file. Size 3.4 MB.