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PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON - QUOTATION SIGNED - HFSID 268701

"THEIR CAUSE MUST BE OUR CAUSE TOO. BECAUSE IT IS NOT JUST NEGROES, BUT REALLY IT IS ALL OF US, WHO MUST OVERCOME THE CRIPPLING LEGACY OF BIGOTRY AND INJUSTICE. AND WE SHALL OVERCOME."

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"THEIR CAUSE MUST BE OUR CAUSE TOO. BECAUSE IT IS NOT JUST NEGROES, BUT REALLY IT IS ALL OF US, WHO MUST OVERCOME THE CRIPPLING LEGACY OF BIGOTRY AND INJUSTICE. AND WE SHALL OVERCOME."
 
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
. Historic Typed Quotation signed: "Lyndon B. Johnson", 1p, 3¾x4½ affixed to a 4x4¾ sheet. Embossed presidential seal and initials ("L.B.J.") in gilt at top. In full: "Their cause must be our cause too. Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome." From the LBJ Library: "Although the 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, guaranteed citizens the right to vote regardless of race, by 1957 only 20 percent of eligible African Americans voted, due in part to intimidation and discriminatory state requirements such as poll taxes and literacy tests. Despite the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on race, religion, national origin, or sex, efforts to register African Americans as voters in the South were stymied. In 1965, following the murder of a voting rights activist by an Alabama sheriff's deputy and the subsequent attack by state troopers on a massive protest march in Selma, Alabama, President Lyndon B. Johnson pressed Congress in the following speech to pass a voting rights bill with teeth." From President Johnson's March 15, 1965 address to Congress: "But even if we pass this bill, the battle will not be over. 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 IS NOT JUST NEGROES, BUT REALLY IT IS ALL OF US, WHO MUST OVERCOME THE CRIPPLING LEGACY OF BIGOTRY AND INJUSTICE. AND WE SHALL OVERCOME. As a man whose roots go deeply into southern soil, I know how agonizing racial feelings are. I know how difficult it is to reshape the attitudes and the structure of our society. But a century has passed--more than 100 years--since the Negro was freed." Five months later, on August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. Fine condition.

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