Lyndon Johnson, Dr King, John Lewis discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet

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Always been the greatest and ugliest example. Where the idea of voting as right is mocked and it continues to be that way. We really didn't have kind of true democracy in this country until black people fought for and won the voting rights act of nineteen sixty five. Which really broaden the franchise to everybody? So let's talk about that. So Lyndon Johnson takes over the presidency after Kennedy's assassinated he gets elected in his own right in sixty four and then helped to usher through passage of the voting rights. Act of nineteen sixty five which people learn about in school and certainly learn about it in las will explain why that was such a seminal piece of legislation. What was its primary Genius well rules put in place in the eighteen nineties to make it so that black people couldn't vote. Were still in effect. All across the south in the early nineteen sixties and you really had very very little ability for black people to vote and participate and when they tried to register to vote. They were met with violence and murder and terrorism. And everyone knew that it was both the most important and the hardest thing civil rights movement could get because it would create the power that would change things in so many different ways and the story of how the Voting Rights Act was enacted. As you know something I think people have a better sense of now. That was the movie. Selma there's certainly an understanding but it was this really fascinating interplay between politics of protests and the politics of insider deal making and public leadership all of which was required to get it done so you know in nineteen sixty four. Johnson broke through the filibusters from the south and with the civil rights movement. They got the civil rights of nineteen sixty four and in early nineteen sixty five Dr King and others came to him and said we must do voting rights now in. Johnston said not yet. It's too soon. We we have to get the great society through Congress and the timing is not right And King said and there are tapes. You know of the two of them. These two brilliant masterful southern politicians Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Very Different. But they were both. That's what they both were dancing with each other. And there's a call in March of nineteen sixty five and Johnson never tells king that he's actually ordered the Justice Department to write the Voting Rights Act. Because they're going to introduce it and King never tells Johnson. Oh Yeah Watch what we do in some of this weekend but they recognized that they were going to have to show the country and show the world Dr King and John Lewis and the other civil rights leaders recognized. They would have to show the world. The brutality to dramatize it so on bloody Sunday. Is You know people do know. There was a nonviolent march. Across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Led by young John. Lewis and the state troopers and vigilantes attacked the marchers and sent so many to the hospital. John Lewis had skull fractured. It was all on television and that week there was a spontaneous nationwide mass movement for voting rights. All over the country and Johnson was both the the person that were pressuring but was also very savvy and letting the pressure build and then he did go before Congress a week later and propose the Voting Rights Act and gave one of the greatest speeches any presence ever given. He said but really. It's all of us. Who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice and we shall overcome shall overcome used the slogan the song of the protesters and It was extraordinary and they passed the Voting Rights Act.

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