The 15th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote.It stated that no U.S citizen should be denied because of their race or color. It didn't take full effect until some years later because of poll taxes. The amendment wasn't really used until after 1965
Civil Rights Movement
1960 - 1965
The Civil Rights Movement demanded voting rights for African-Americans. African Americans protested, marched, did petitions, etc. They went against many segregation laws and were beaten and nearly beaten to death for better rights.
Voting Rights Act takes effect
By the end of 1966, only 4 out of the 13 southern states have less than 50% of African-Americans registered to vote. In the later years, registration in Alabama grew a lot, from 50,000 in 1960 to more than 500,000 in 1990.
Voting rights and the criminal justice system
1.4 million black men are denied to vote because they served time in prison. In 5 states, including Florida more than one-in- four black men are disenfranchised.