Searchlight, NV- Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement commemorating the 46th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“Almost half a century ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson brought our country closer to the ideal of a more perfect union, when he categorically reaffirmed that all Americans have the right to help govern our nation through their vote. With his signature of the Voting Rights Act, President Johnson outlawed the shameful practices that had been used for decades to deny African Americans their right to vote and to make their voices heard in our democracy.
“Today I join all Americans in honoring not just President Johnson, but every American who fought, and even gave their lives, for this right: from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to heroes like Medgar Evers and countless others. We should celebrate their legacy and how far we’ve come since the days of Jim Crow, but we must remain vigilant and ensure that every American, regardless of background, continues to have access to this most cherished right.”