LBJ and Civil Rights

LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy, a new four-part series about President Lyndon B. Johnson, will premiere on CNN on February 20 and 21, 2022, in recognition of Presidents’ Day. 

The series offers a captivating look at one of the most consequential and enigmatic presidents in American history: Lyndon Baines Johnson. As a master of the political process, he is responsible for passing some of the most significant pieces of legislation in modern history. Explore some of the LBJ Presidential Library’s resources below to learn more about Lyndon Johnson and his role in the Civil Rights Movement.

LBJ and Civil Rights

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Explore a number of educational resources and the letter that President Johnson sent to Coretta Scott King on April 5, 1968, following her husband's assassination in Memphis.
APRIL 9--Shown left to right, Lonnie G. Bunch, III, Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Julian Bond, Former Chairman of the NAACP, John Lewis, US Representative from Georgia, and Andrew Young, Former Congressman and United States Ambassador discuss a panel on the Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library.

Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line

Enjoy this historic conversation, “Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line,” with civil rights activist Julian Bond, Congressman John Lewis, and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young - moderated by Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The discussion is from the LBJ Library’s 2014 Civil Rights Summit.
Signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

President Lyndon B. Johnson began his quest for a more just and honorable America with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most transformational civil rights legislation since Reconstruction and a crucial step in the realization of America’s promise. For historical perspective, review photos, videos, and telephone conversations about the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
President's Room, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Voting Rights Act

Just one year after signing the Civil Rights Act, President Johnson signed another landmark law – the Voting Rights Act. To learn more about the journey and impact of this bill, explore our media kit with photos, videos, and telephone conversations.
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Friends of the LBJ Library

When you become a member of the Friends of the LBJ Library, you'll be making an important contribution to the library's mission -- and to our community. You will also get special access to events.