Tag: lyndon johnson

Charity not substitute for justice

Charity not substitute for justice

| June 13, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist In his speech the night before his murder, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. repeated the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan who stopped and helped the desperate traveler who had been beaten, robbed and left half dead as he journeyed along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. The Good […]

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LBJ’s defenders cheapen his accomplishments

LBJ’s defenders cheapen his accomplishments

| March 18, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Lyndon B. Johnson has done more to help African Americans and poor people than any modern president. But, his defenders are cheapening his legacy by inflating his accomplishments, which is an insult to the people–black and white–who lost their lives fighting for civil rights. The first and most obnoxious […]

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Civil rights leaders upset over non-Voting Rights Act hearing

Civil rights leaders upset over non-Voting Rights Act hearing

| February 24, 2015

By James Wright Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, he sparked controversy on Jan. 14 saying that, “The Voting Rights Amendment Act”–which would restore the preclearance requirement by the Justice Department for states mainly in the South–“is not necessary.” He has decided […]

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Who won the War on Poverty?

Who won the War on Poverty?

| August 22, 2014

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–President Ronald Reagan quipped: “In the ’60s we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won.” Did it? This month, 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, effectively kicking off the War on Poverty, is a good time to answer that question. Today, […]

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Obama says Civil Rights Movement opened door for his election

Obama says Civil Rights Movement opened door for his election

| April 15, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief AUSTIN, Texas (NNPA)—With civil rights legends Andrew Young, John Lewis and Julian Bond and Jesse Jackson looking on, President Barack Obama on April 10 credited the Civil Rights Movement and landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s for paving the way for his becoming the […]

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Bill Clinton says voter ID laws undermine civil rights progress

Bill Clinton says voter ID laws undermine civil rights progress

| April 14, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief AUSTIN, TEXAS (NNPA)—Former President Bill Clinton praised President Lyndon B. Johnson for signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law, but said the progress that stemmed from those landmark measures are being undermined by Republican-led efforts to suppress the vote. “We’re here because […]

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Jimmy Carter says his life shaped by ‘black culture’

Jimmy Carter says his life shaped by ‘black culture’

| April 13, 2014

Says little has changed in civil rights past 50 years By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief AUSTIN, Texas (NNPA} —Although he grew up in a rural farming community in Georgia during an era of rigid racial segregation in the 1920s and 1930s,  former President Jimmy Carter said his life was shaped at an early age […]

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