Was LBJ a Civil Rights Villain?

The movie “Selma” has sparked debate among historians and civil rights leaders about the relationship between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and their roles in the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

In an “Inside Media” program held Jan. 17, 2015, in the Newseum’s Knight TV Studio, CBS White House correspondent Bill Plante revealed the contents of a telephone conversation between Johnson and King on Jan. 15, 1965 — King’s birthday — which puts the current controversy in perspective.

The in-depth story of Selma and the civil rights movement is featured in two Newseum exhibits: “Make Some Noise: Students in the Civil Rights Movement” and “1965: Civil Rights at 50.”



Contributing sponsorship support for “Civil Rights at 50” has been provided by Walmart and Altria Group.


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