U.S. Constitution - Amendment 15
(Proposed 2/26/1869; Ratified 2/3/1870)
1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am15.html
Fannie Lou Hamer, (1917-1977) Voting and Civil Rights Leader
A native of Mississippi she stood against scurrilous discrimination and racism to champion voting and civil rights in the state of Mississippi. In 1962, Fannie Lou Hamer was evicted from her home after attempting to register to vote in her home state and in 1963, she was arrested on a false charge and brutally and savagely beaten by police in Winona, Mississippi. On August 22, 1964, Ms. Hamer delivered a historical speech at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1. Video of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, http://www.icue.com/portal/site/iCue/chapter/?cuecard=5752
2. Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKXoXwYpzmU&feature=related
3. 1964 Speech at the Democratic National Convention, http://www.nowpublic.com/world/fannie-lou-hamers-speech-1964-dnc
4. Biography, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fannie_Lou_Hamer
James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner--Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) workers murdered in Mississippi
James Chaney, a 21-year-old black man from Meridian, Mississippi; Andrew Goodman, a 20-year-old white Jewish anthropology student from New York; and Michael Schwerner, a 24-year-old white Jewish CORE organizer and former social worker also from New York, were killed by the police and the Ku Klux Klan on June 21, 1964 in Neshoba County, Mississippi while working there on voter registration efforts.
Voting Rights Act of 1965