50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
From Tonya Williams, Community Liaison for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18):
This year is the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act which prohibits racial discrimination in voting and was signed into law by fellow Texan President Lyndon B. Johnson. This law is as significant today as it was in 1965 and that is why I am inviting you to participate in a series of events we will be holding to commemorate this historic legislation.
On Thursday, August 6, 2015, we will hold a press conference, conduct a re-enactment of the signing of the Act by President Johnson and have a day of voter registration at designated sites. The registration sites will provide people an opportunity to participate and exercise their civic duty by registering to vote free from discrimination.
The press conference and re-enactment will be held at 10:30 am at the Mickey Leland Federal Office Building located 1919 Smith Street, Houston, TX 77002. Voter registration will begin at 12:00 noon at the following sites, unless noted.
Thank you for your participation on this historic occasion. I look forward to celebrating this monumental piece of legislation. If you have questions, please contact Tonya Williams at 713-655-0050 or by email at Tonya.C.Williams@mail.house.gov.