Secretary of State Steve Simon urged Minnesotans to “stay restless” in their pursuit of voting rights for all Americans at a ceremony in St. Paul honoring the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Minnesotans who helped make the historic legislation a reality.
On Thursday, Simon honored five Minnesotans, including civil rights pioneer Dr. Josie Johnson and the four surviving members of the 1965 Minnesota congressional delegation – Vice President Walter Mondale, Governor Al Quie, U.S. Representative and Minneapolis Mayor Don Fraser, and U.S. Representative Alec Olson. Minnesota was one of the proud states where all voting members voted in favor of the Voting Rights Act.
Video of Ceremony, National Voter Registration Day
The ceremony is sponsored by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Council to Celebrate the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is dedicated to celebrating the historic anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act; educating Minnesotans about the importance of voting today; and activating voters moving forward.
The Council includes Secretary Simon, honorary co-chairs Vice President Mondale and Dr. Johnson, and nearly 50 Minnesota-based nonprofit, faith, business, and other community leaders (listed below). In July, August and September, the Council will be engaging communities across Minnesota in a series of events, starting at the July 30 ceremony and ending around National Voter Registration Day (September 22).