JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness - Quotes by Lyndon B. Johnson

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Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States (November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969), a position he assumed after his service as the 37th Vice President. Explore some of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s best quotations and sayings.

LBJ Speech at Gettysburg
“The Negro today asks justice. We do not answer him–we do not answer those who lie beneath this soil–when we reply to the Negro by asking, ‘Patience’.”

LBJ Speech
“The legitimate goal is for every American to receive exact and even and equal justice regardless of his race or his color.”

LBJ speech November 27 1963
“No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the Civil Rights bill for which he fought so long.”

LBJ speech November 27 1963
“We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. We have talked for a hundred years or more. It is time now to write the next chapter, and to write it in the books of law.”

LBJ Speech to Congress March 15th 1965
“It is wrong, deadly wrong, to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country.”

“There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.”

LBJ Speech to Congress March 15th 1965
“What happened in Selma is part of a far larger movement which reaches into every section and state of America. It is the effort of American Negroes to secure for themselves the full blessings of American life. Their cause must be our cause too. Because it’s not just Negroes, but really it’s all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome.”