Civil Rights Amendment - Preface

"Lyndon B. Johnson", LBJ signing the historic Civil Rights Amendment, by unknown, Britannica, Public Domain.

When President John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson assumed the presidency and found that Kennedy's proposed legislation on civil rights was bogged down in Congressional debate.  Johnson was determined to do everything in his power to clear the way for passage of this historic legislation.  In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was finally signed into law. Finally, African Americans had political power.

In June, 1965, President Johnson gave a commencement address at Howard University that gives insight into his beliefs that fueled his zeal to work for passage of this legislation.  

This story, told through excerpts of this important speech, is the fascinating look at what Lyndon B. Johnson believed to be the reasons for the need for such sweeping changes to U.S. laws.


Original Release: Dec 13, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016

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