American Equality: Past, Present and Future

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Ratified on February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment stated that citizens of the United States have the right to vote and "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Yet it wasn't until the peaceful-turned-violent protest in Selma, Alabama and the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965 that the barriers broke down, allowing African Americans to exercise their right.

In August, WORLD Channel honors the civil and human rights activists on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The over 20 films curated and presented focus on the people, well-known and not known, who attempted to vote and were turned away, who were attacked as they protested, and who lived and breathed the civil rights movement to make today's (and tomorrow's) freedoms possible.

American Equality: Past, Present and Future

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