Harvard Students Take 1964 Louisiana Literacy Test that Black Voters Had to Pass Before Entering Polls–Every Student Failed

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Photo: Flickr

A select group of Harvard students recently took the 1964 Louisiana Literacy Test, which is most notoriously known for being a confusing series of questions that was used to keep black citizens from voting.

Get this, only 50 years ago, Southern states asked African-American voters who couldn’t provide proof of a fifth grade education to pass the test in order for them to cast a ballot. The test was intended to discourage black voters, with a 30 question 10 minute limit.

The Harvard students were baffled, despite having an Ivy League pedigree. Not a single student was able to pass the test as they had their reactions filmed while struggling to make sense of any of the questions.

The outrageous test included questions/requests to ‘spell backwards, forwards,’ and ‘print the word vote upside down, but in the right order.’

After looking it over, the test was clearly designed to fail. We all should really appreciate the importance of exercising our constitutional right to vote.

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