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LBJ & JFK: A Time for Greatness


JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness

In many ways, President Lyndon B. Johnson was the most unlikely champion of Civil Rights. But his actions in the White House told a different story when he dared to champion two laws that changed America and the world—the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


President Lyndon B. Johnson moves to shake hands with Dr. Martin Luther King while others look on. Courtesy LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto


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