- Took over when JFK was assassinated
- Civil Rights was the main objection in his administration
- When somebody tried to persuade Johnson not to waste his time or capital on the lost cause of civil rights, the President replied, “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?”
- Addressing a joint session of congress after Kennedy’s death, Johnson declared,”We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. We have talked for one hundred years or more. It is time now to write the next chapter, and to write it in the books of law.”
- on June 2 1964, LBJ signed the Civil Rights act which was the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. It prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color , religion, sex or national origin, provided integration of schools and other public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal. Finally, the act prohibited the unequal application of voting requirements.
- The Civil Rights Act was later expanded to include provisions for the elderly, the disabled, and women in collegiate athletics. Its passage also paved the way for two other major pieces of legislation: the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The VRA prohibited discriminatory voting practices like literacy tests and poll taxes. The FHA prohibited discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of property. Legal segregation had been fully stamped out, though the struggle against racism and other forms of discrimination continues today.
LBJ’s and JFK Civil rights legislation did the most for Blacks since reconstruction.