There was a time when it was possible for the legislative branch to enact ambitious change.
Last week, President Obama and civil rights luminaries went to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. That legislation, signed in July 1964, was a stunning achievement, a herald of a dramatic transformation in the nation’s social and cultural landscape. Yet the anniversary comes at a […]
By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau AUSTIN, Texas — President Barack Obama said Thursday that the country was still caught up in the kind of debates that marked the civil rights movement as he called on Americans to set aside cynicism and push for the ideals reflected in the Civil Rights Act. As […]
By Patrick Beach, Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — Day two of a three-day summit at the LBJ Presidential Library to commemorate the anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 Civil Rights Act brought more spirited discussions and a gathering of political and intellectual firepower Wednesday, capped by a keynote address from former President Bill Clinton, as polarizing […]
WASHINGTON — History offers a rough kind of justice. As the nation’s current president and three of his predecessors gathered this week at the University of Texas for an LBJ Library conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, they confirmed what has been building for many years now: a thoroughly justified […]
Washington (AFP) – In his first State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in America. Fifty years later some progress has been made but gaping inequality remains. “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America,” John told Congress on January 8, 1964, two months after […]