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President Johnson gives King one of the pens used
President Johnson gives King a pen he used to sign the bill into law.

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Voting for Change
King was not discouraged. They tried the march again, and this time made it to Montgomery.

Days before, President Johnson had addressed Congress and America. He introduced the Voting Rights Act. After the Selma protests and violence, the time was right.

On August 6, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King and the other protesters' actions had successfully led to legal change. Now the federal government would help blacks use their right to vote.

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