Democratic legislators in both the House and Senate today announced resolutions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act. Passed in 1965 and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Voting Rights Act was a historic piece of civil rights legislation that guaranteed all Americans – regardless of race – the constitutional right to vote without unfair barriers. The honorary resolutions will be introduced by Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) in the House and Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) in the Senate.
Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) released the following statement regarding the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act:
“On this anniversary of the Voters Rights Act I am reminded of our precious Holocaust survivors who we honor with a spectacular and moving monument on the state house front lawn, but many of whom lost their birth certificates to genocide and the fight to survive. I am reminded of the many African Americans who were born in the South in this country before the Civil Rights Movement, like my uncle, a Korean War Veteran, who does not possess a birth certificate because “colored” people were not afforded such documents at that time. On this anniversary of the Voters Rights Act I humbly ask this governor, this speaker, this senate president, this General Assembly to remember too.”