Although Charles came to the US when he was pretty young and had worked as a slave until when he was an adult, he could not participate in any form of elections in this nation due to the strict requirement that black voters must pay poll taxes. He understood that the obligation was as a result of 15th Amendment that had been adopted by a significant number of Southern states to impose poll taxes with the goal establishing hindering blocks for black voters. Charles was a low-income citizen of the U.S who relied on manual jobs to sustain his family, which was composed of a wife, two daughters and two sons.
Upon returning home on the day the 24th Amendment was passed, his wife could note that her husband was abnormally happy. She was tempted to ask, “My husband, what has made you so happy today? Have you found a better paying job?” His smile could not be hidden as he answered, “No dear, but I am jubilant that finally, blacks would be allowed to vote at any elections without being allowed to pay poll taxes.” He held the last born daughter on his lap, and the head of the family could be seen that he was the happiest man of the moment.
When the Amendment was ratified the first month of 1964, the black American said, “I think President Lyndon Johnson will be remembered in the history of America as his regime has given blacks a fundamental right that should be enjoyed by citizens of a great nation.” He thought that his family would be critical to determining both federal and state leadership by voting persons that they believe that they would champion the needs of the citizens. His wife could not agree more with him. They felt like they had been freed from a yoke.