11 Unforgettable Moments at the LBJ Library
In honor of the LBJ Library's 40th anniversary, former Director Harry Middleton shared his most memorable moments in the history of the LBJ Library. In a conversation with the current director, Mark Updegrove, Harry gave us insight into these extraordinary events.
Lyndon Johnson: His Life and Legacy
This video portrays Johnson's legacy—that every citizen should have the opportunity to share in the benefits, privileges, and protections of our great country. It includes clips from LBJ's years in the White House, the dedication of the library, and commentary from his daughters and those who worked with and for him throughout his career.
On March 15, 1965, President Johnson delivered what is perhaps his most important and meaningful speech when he addressed a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of new voting rights legislation that would protect the rights of minorities. He told them, “Our mission is at once the oldest and the most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man.” Johnson surprised the nation near the close of his speech when he invoked the famous civil rights anthem and declared, "We shall overcome." He was greeted by stunned silence, followed by thunderous applause and tears. Voting rights is an issue that continues to be relevant today.
This is an excerpt of that celebrated speech. Click here to read a transcript of the speech and view the video it in its entirety.
The Great Society
"The Great Society" was unveiled at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in honor of Lyndon Baines Johnson's 100th birthday. Through personal stories, the video provides a visual recording of some of the highlights of the Great Society and examines how these programs have changed the landscape of this country.