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February 3, 1870

15th Amendment Guarantees the Right to Vote

The 15th Amendment was ratified on this date in 1870, declaring that the right to vote could not be denied because of "race, color or previous condition of involuntary servitude."

Despite the Constitutional requirement, "Jim Crow" laws in many parts of the South kept black Americans from the polls for nearly a century, until passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided the Federal government with the means to enforce the law. (The 15th Amendment cited race, but not gender. Women of any color were not guaranteed the right to vote until ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.)

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    Bus Boycott: Before Rosa Parks there was Claudette Colvin

    Bus Boycott: Before Rosa Parks there was Claudette Colvin

    Monday, November 23 2015 11:03 PM EST2015-11-24 04:03:24 GMT
    Wednesday, December 2 2015 2:20 PM EST2015-12-02 19:20:59 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    Claudette Colvin was 15 years old when she was heading home from school on a Montgomery city bus and was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. Nine months later Rosa Parks did the same thing and became the face of a movement that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.More >>

    Claudette Colvin was 15 years old when she was heading home from school on a Montgomery city bus and was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. Nine months later Rosa Parks did the same thing and became the face of a movement that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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    Ken Hare in Depth: 4 things to help you better appreciate the Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Ken Hare in Depth: 4 things to help you better appreciate the Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Tuesday, December 1 2015 3:35 PM EST2015-12-01 20:35:25 GMT
    Tuesday, December 1 2015 3:44 PM EST2015-12-01 20:44:52 GMT
    This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the seminal events in the Civil Rights Movement. Here are four points to help you better understand and appreciate the importance of that event.More >>

    This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the seminal events in the Civil Rights Movement. Here are four points to help you better understand and appreciate the importance of that event.

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  • New historical marker honors Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneers

    New historical marker honors Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneers

    Wednesday, December 2 2015 12:40 AM EST2015-12-02 05:40:45 GMT
    Wednesday, December 2 2015 2:25 PM EST2015-12-02 19:25:17 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    The City of Montgomery and the entire nation remembered a pivotal moment in American history during the 60th anniversary commemoration of Rosa Parks’ arrest.More >>

    The City of Montgomery and the entire nation remembered a pivotal moment in American history during the 60th anniversary commemoration of Rosa Parks’ arrest.

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