BHM Spotlight: (1870) 15th Amendment Gives Black Men The Right To Vote

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On this day, February 3rd, 1870, the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was granted. The 15th Amendment gave black men the right to vote. Before black men had become able to exercise their right to vote, they were given literacy tests, poll taxes and other obstacles to derail their right. According to The Library of Congress, "Although ratified on February 3, 1870, the promise of the 15th Amendment would not be fully realized for almost a century." It wasn't until 1965 when the Voting Rights Act had been put into play. This rightous act allowed many African Americans to register to vote.

sources + photo via: The Library of Congress


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