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LBJ Museum to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Acts

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Kasandra Garza
News Reporter 

LBJ Statue. Photo by Nathalie Cohetero
Photo by Nathalie Cohetero.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Museum of San Marcos and the Texas State University Political Science Department will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act on Thursday, August 6th at 6 p.m. at the LBJ Museum.

The event is and the museum will be showing a video of Johnson’s speech and signing ceremony.

Larry Temple, Chairman of the LBJ Foundation and former Special Counsel to President Johnson during his presidency, will be the guest speaker for the celebration.

“The Voting Rights Act that President Johnson signed into law on Aug. 6, 1965 was landmark legislation that enfranchised black Americans and other minorities and changed the landscape of political leadership at every level of government,” said Dr. Ed Mihalkanin, President of the Board of the LBJ Museum of San Marcos.

The Voting Rights Act gave citizens the opportunity to register to vote by banning literacy tests and poll taxes.

The LBJ Museum is located on 131 N. Guadalupe Street in San Marcos. Following Temple’s speech, the museum will have an early celebration of Johnson’s 107th birthday with cake and punch.

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