President Johnson’s Message to Congress on Voting Rights

Item

Title

President Johnson’s Message to Congress on Voting Rights

Creator

Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973

Date

1965-03-15

Description

President Johnson appeared before a televised, joint session of Congress to deliver a speech calling on Congress to pass a voting rights bill. Embracing rhetoric of the civil rights movement, he declared that the nation “must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And, we shall overcome.” With the exception of Southerners, the entire House chamber stood and cheered, interrupting the president with thirty-nine ovations.

Rights

No copyright - United States

Source

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Message to Congress on Voting Rights, March 15, 1965; “S. 1564, 1 of 7” folder, Legislative Bill Files, Box 26; Committee on the Judiciary; 89th Congress; Records of the U.S. Senate, RG 46; National Archives and Records Administration, in The Great Society Congress exhibition

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