The LBJ Library commemorates the 1965 marches for Civil Rights in Alabama
Apr 10, 2012
The struggle for civil and voting rights began long before the march in Selma and was a centerpiece of President Lyndon Johnson’s legislative agenda. As the marches in Alabama are observed this month, the LBJ Library presents materials from our archives that illustrate the Johnson Administration’s efforts to secure rights for all.
On this page, you will find:
- A telephone conversation between President Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Video of President Johnson urging Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act.
- Letters from Joseph Califano, Jr., detailing events of the march from Selma to Montgomery.
- Outline of events surrounding the historic signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
January 15, 1965
On January 15, 1965, President Johnson called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to discuss strategy for passing the Voting Rights Act through Congress. Dr. King's voice is a little difficult to hear. TRT: 2 minutes 50 seconds.