August 27th, 2008
09:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Toobin: Giving LBJ recognition

President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers a speech in 1965.
President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers a speech in 1965.

There's a person who probably won't get much attention on this historic night, but he should. Lyndon B. Johnson would be one hundred years old today.

No elected official did more to make sure that African-Americans had a real right to vote; he pushed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act through Congress - and he recognized that his dedication to civil rights would cost the Democratic Party greatly, especially in the South.

But it was LBJ who was the legislative architect of civil rights - and made the nomination of Barack Obama possible.

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  1. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

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    August 27, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. John

    I'm not sure who had said it, but I am sure that LBJ was referenced during this Democratic Convention at least once.

    August 27, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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