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People of African Heritage: Past

The story of African American Voting Rights in the United States is not a linear narrative of disenfrachisement and achievement. Instead, it is a story of triumph, backlash, struggle, and achievement. From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans played a pivotal role in the fight of all underrepresented communities to win the right to vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to intended to overcome the legal barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the fifteenth amendment.