1965/66 Racial riots erupt in the Watts section of Los Angeles


New Riot in Watts Kills 2, Injures 25; 200 Police Quiet Negro Teen-Agers; 2 Are Killed and 25 Injured as Negro Teen-Agers Riot in Watts District. 200 POLICE QUIET LOS ANGELES AREA But Officer Warns It Could ‘Flare Up in a Second’ Guard on Standby Alert

LOS ANGELES, March 15 Hundreds of Negro teen-agers rioted this afternoon in Watts, the same poor section of the city that was torn by racial disorders last summer. Two men were killed and at least 25 were injured. VIEW FULL ARTICLE IN TIME MACHINE

– NYTimes

LBJ calls for equal voting rights


On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all.

Using the phrase “we shall overcome,” borrowed from African American leaders struggling for equal rights, Johnson declares that “every American citizen must have an equal right to vote.” Johnson reminds the nation that the Fifteenth Amendment, which was passed after the Civil War, gave all citizens the right to vote regardless of race or color. But states had defied the Constitution and erected barriers. Discrimination had taken the form of literacy, knowledge or character tests administered solely to African Americans to keep them from registering to vote.

READ MORE: When Did African Americans Get the Right to Vote?

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LBJ calls for equal voting rights

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HISTORY

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March 15, 2022

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March 14, 2022

Original Published Date

November 24, 2009