Public Papers of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968-1969

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Author: Lyndon B. Johnson  | Date: April 10, 1968

192
Broadcast Statement by the President Following the Passage of the Civil Rights Act.
April 10, 1968

TODAY, the Nation’s Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

This is a victory for every American because the only true path to progress for a free people is the one we will take when this legislation is made the law of the land.

Through the process of law, we shall strike for all time the shackles of an old injustice.

A few years ago when we met here in the White House and discussed open housing and how to handle it by regulation or statute, there were very few who thought that in our time we could bring this justice to all Americans. But the Congress today has shown that if we have the will, there is a way.

Therefore, I call upon the Congress again now to complete its work of hope for millions of Americans by passing the measures recommended in more than 20 messages I have sent to the Congress and in some 15 appropriations bills in order that we can move forward with our program of social justice and progress.

Now we look to the Congress for action-not just on this civil rights bill—but on the many other measures pending before it.

NOTE: The President spoke at 5:15 p.m. in the Fish Room at the White House.

As printed above, this item follows the text released by the White House Press Office.
See also Item 195.

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Chicago: Lyndon B. Johnson, "192 Broadcast Statement by the President Following the Passage of the Civil Rights Act.," Public Papers of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968-1969 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968-1969 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.1369 Original Sources, accessed February 20, 2020, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=6LC72SYNMRJHC9I.

MLA: Johnson, Lyndon B. "192 Broadcast Statement by the President Following the Passage of the Civil Rights Act." Public Papers of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968-1969, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968-1969 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.1369, Original Sources. 20 Feb. 2020. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=6LC72SYNMRJHC9I.

Harvard: Johnson, LB, '192 Broadcast Statement by the President Following the Passage of the Civil Rights Act.' in Public Papers of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968-1969. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968-1969 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.1369. Original Sources, retrieved 20 February 2020, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=6LC72SYNMRJHC9I.