The U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the first of his three-part illustrated series on voting rights in America, comic journalist Andy Warner tells the story of the Voting Rights Act. Scroll through the slideshow or read it as a single image graphic below.

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1 & 2: The Voting Rights Act: A Brief History
3: Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder


Additional references
– Voting Rights Act text

– Impact of VRA on southern states

– Garrow, David J. Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Binghamton, NY: Yale University, 1978

SelfPortraitAndy Warner’s comic journalism has been published by Symbolia, Slate,, American Public Media, Campus Progress and more. You can see more of his work at: and

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