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Shocking the ConscienceA Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement$
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Simeon Booker and Carol McCabe Booker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037894

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037894.001.0001

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“All the Way with LBJ”

“All the Way with LBJ”

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Shocking the Conscience

Simeon Booker

University Press of Mississippi

During his Inaugural Ball, Lyndon B. Johnson danced with a Negro woman, Lynette Taylor. What he did was something no American president had ever done before. Many blacks were represented in the celebration. Johnson easily won the 1964 presidential election, garnering more than 61 percent of the popular vote and 94 percent of the black vote. The election also saw more blacks winning political office than in any year since the Reconstruction. This chapter focuses on Johnson’s support for the civil rights movement during his term as president of the United States, including his signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It also examines his support for the Alabama Freedom Campaign launched by Martin Luther King Jr. and leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in protest of voting restrictions that kept most Negroes out of the polls.

Keywords:   civil rights movement, Lyndon B. Johnson, Lynette Taylor, blacks, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Alabama Freedom Campaign, Martin Luther King Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Alabama

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