On July 5, 1971, President Nixon signed the 26th Amendment, which changed the voting age from 21 to 18, giving the right to vote to about 11 million young people. In this home movie taken by one of Nixon's aides, you can see some of the signing ceremony and hear a stirring rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic by a youth choir, "The Young Americans in Concert."
The "Young Americans in Concert" program was sponsored by the Universal Academy for Music, Princeton, N.J. The young musicians, numbering approximately 500, were selected from every State in the Nation.
The three witnesses to the ceremony were Julianne Jones from Memphis, Tennessee; Joseph Lloyd from Detroit, Michigan; and Paul Larimer from Concord, California.
You can read the full text of President Nixon's remarks here:
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