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  • President Johnson Speaks at Voting Rights Act Ceremony
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    U.S. Capitol
    Bill Signing
    civil rights
    This photograph is of President Lyndon B. Johnson delivering remarks in the Capitol Rotunda prior to the signing ceremony for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which took place on August 6, 1965. The bill was signed in the President's Room. The Voting Rights Act was designed to the "enforce the 15th amendment" and remove the barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. The statue's provisions included: banning literacy tests, empowering the attorney general to investigate the unlawful use of poll taxes, and made the act of harassing, intimidating, threatening to prevent a lawfully registered voter from voting punishable by a fine of up $10,000, a five-year prison sentence or both. The legislation also allowed for the appointment of federal examiners with the ability to register qualified citizens to vote in jurisdictions where less than 50 percent of the voting age population was registered to vote. This legislation had a tremendous and immediate impact with over a quarter-million African Americans registered to vote by the end of 1965.
  • President Johnson Speaks at Voting Rights Act Ceremony
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    U.S. Capitol
    Bill Signing
    civil rights
    This photograph is of President Lyndon B. Johnson delivering remarks in the Capitol Rotunda prior to the signing ceremony for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which took place on August 6, 1965. The bill was signed in the President's Room. The Voting Rights Act was designed to the "enforce the 15th amendment" and remove the barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. The statue's provisions included: banning literacy tests, empowering the attorney general to investigate the unlawful use of poll taxes, and made the act of harassing, intimidating, threatening to prevent a lawfully registered voter from voting punishable by a fine of up $10,000, a five-year prison sentence or both. The legislation also allowed for the appointment of federal examiners with the ability to register qualified citizens to vote in jurisdictions where less than 50 percent of the voting age population was registered to vote. This legislation had a tremendous and immediate impact with over a quarter-million African Americans registered to vote by the end of 1965.
  • President Johnson Speaks at Voting Rights Act Ceremony
    Joseph J. Scherschel
    U.S. Capitol
    Bill Signing
    civil rights
    This photograph is of President Lyndon B. Johnson delivering remarks in the Capitol Rotunda prior to the signing ceremony for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which took place on August 6, 1965. The bill was signed in the President's Room. The Voting Rights Act was designed to the "enforce the 15th amendment" and remove the barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. The statue's provisions included: banning literacy tests, empowering the attorney general to investigate the unlawful use of poll taxes, and made the act of harassing, intimidating, threatening to prevent a lawfully registered voter from voting punishable by a fine of up $10,000, a five-year prison sentence or both. The legislation also allowed for the appointment of federal examiners with the ability to register qualified citizens to vote in jurisdictions where less than 50 percent of the voting age population was registered to vote. This legislation had a tremendous and immediate impact with over a quarter-million African Americans registered to vote by the end of 1965.
  • Photographer Captures White House from Firetruck Ladder
    George F. Mobley
    Bates Littlehales
    north view
    In this photograph from April 1963, a photographer, possibly George F. Mobley of the National Geographic Service, ascends the ladder of a firetruck parked on Pennsylvania Avenue to capture an aerial view of the White House. The photo session was for the cover of the fourth edition of "The White House: An Historic Guide," a publication released by the White House Historical Association that serves a companion book for tours of the White House, providing history of the rooms, architecture, and furniture.
  • National Menorah Lighting, 2020
    Matthew D'Agostino
    winter holidays
    menorah
    Hanukkah
    Ellipse
    Menorah lighting
    This photograph of tourists taking a selfie by the National Menorah on the Ellipse was taken by Matthew D'Agostino for the White House Historical Association on December 10, 2020, shortly before the National Menorah lighting ceremony. In celebration of Hanukkah, public menorah lightings have been held in President's Park since 1979. Sponsored by the National Menorah Council and the American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), the National Menorah lighting is typically attended by thousands of guests each year and often includes remarks from prominent rabbis and political figures, performances by military bands, and traditional delicacies such as latkes and sufganiyot. In 2020, a scaled-down version of the event was held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Macabees at the 2020 National Menorah Lighting
    Matthew D'Agostino
    winter holidays
    Hanukkah
    Ellipse
    Menorah lighting
    This photograph of costumed interpreters dressed as Maccabee soldiers at the National Menorah lighting ceremony on the Ellipse was taken by Matthew D'Agostino for the White House Historical Association on December 10, 2020. In celebration of Hanukkah, public menorah lightings have been held in President's Park since 1979. Sponsored by the National Menorah Council and the American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), the National Menorah lighting is typically attended by thousands of guests each year and often includes remarks from prominent rabbis and political figures, performances by military bands, and traditional delicacies such as latkes and sufganiyot. In 2020, a scaled-down version of the event was held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • National Menorah Lighting, 2020
    Matthew D'Agostino
    winter holidays
    menorah
    Hanukkah
    Ellipse
    Menorah lighting
    This photograph of tourists on the Ellipse was taken by Matthew D'Agostino for the White House Historical Association on December 10, 2020, shortly before the National Menorah lighting ceremony. In celebration of Hanukkah, public menorah lightings have been held in President's Park since 1979. Sponsored by the National Menorah Council and the American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), the National Menorah lighting is typically attended by thousands of guests each year and often includes remarks from prominent rabbis and political figures, performances by military bands, and traditional delicacies such as latkes and sufganiyot. In 2020, a scaled-down version of the event was held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Rabbi Levi Shemtov Speaks at 2020 National Menorah Lighting
    Matthew D'Agostino
    winter holidays
    menorah
    Hanukkah
    Ellipse
    Menorah lighting
    This photograph of Rabbi Levi Shemtov speaking at the National Menorah lighting ceremony on the Ellipse was taken by Matthew D'Agostino for the White House Historical Association on December 10, 2020. A prominent leader of the Jewish community in Washington, D.C., Rabbi Shemtov founded and serves as the leader of TheSHUL of the Nation's Capital, as well as executive vice president of the American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad). Shemtov and his father Rabbi Abraham Shemtov helped raise public awareness of Hanukkah by organizing events such as the National Menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebrations at the White House. In celebration of Hanukkah, public menorah lightings have been held in President's Park since 1979. Sponsored by the National Menorah Council and the American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), the National Menorah lighting is typically attended by thousands of guests each year and often includes remarks from rabbis and political figures, performances by military bands, and traditional delicacies such as latkes and sufganiyot. In 2020, a scaled-down version of the event was held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.