15th MARCH ~ HiSTORY ON THiS DAY

March 15th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all, on the 15th March 1965. Using the phrase “we shall overcome,” borrowed from African-American leaders struggling for equal rights, he declared that “every American citizen must have an equal right to vote.” He reminded the nation that the Fifteenth Amendment ( passed after the Civil War) gave all citizens the right to vote regardless of race or colour. But states had defied the Constitution and erected barriers. Discrimination had taken the form of literacy, knowledge or character tests administered solely to African-Americans to keep them from registering to vote. | & see more about history on this day in the video…