Long Beach: Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965:
“Today is a profoundly important anniversary for all Americans and for the principles we hold dear. I want to encourage everyone to take a moment today to contemplate the lasting effect of the Voting Rights Act, which is one of our most important guarantors of freedom and equality for all Americans, and to remember all those who have participated in the long struggle to end discrimination and extend this franchise to everyone. We owe them a tremendous debt, and it is because of their sacrifices and commitment that our country has made so much progress. I want to personally thank all Long Beach resident who engaged in the Civil Rights Movement, and I am incredibly proud that our city remains committed to equality, diversity, and freedom to this day.”
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in elections, including poll taxes, literacy tests, and other discriminatory barriers to voting.