“Hey, Hey, LBJ…”-Anti Vietnam War Chant

President Lyndon Baines Johnson was born today in 1908; he was our nation’s 36th president. Though he was criticized for how he handled the Vietnam War and the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City,  2 important documents were signed into law during his administration: The Civil Rights Act (’64) and the Voting Rights Act (’65). President LBJ also initiated The War on Poverty (The Great Society), which included establishing the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), Head Start, VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America), The Wilderness Protection Act, Medicare…

“The Wilderness Protection Act saved 9.1 million acres of forestland from industrial development.

 The Elementary and Secondary Education Act provided major funding for American public schools.

 The Voting Rights Act banned literacy tests and other discriminatory methods of denying suffrage to African Americans.

 Medicare was created to offset the costs of health care for the nation’s elderly.

 The National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities used public money to fund artists and galleries.

 The Immigration Act ended discriminatory quotas based on ethnic origin.

 An Omnibus Housing Act provided funds to construct low-income housing.

 Congress tightened pollution controls with stronger Air and Water Quality Acts.

 Standards were raised for safety in consumer products.”-ushistory.org

 “President Lyndon B. Johnson issued Executive Order 11246, prohibiting employment discrimination and requiring contractors to take affirmative action.”-LCRM

Many laws and programs that are threatened and/or criticized today in 2013 had their foundation under LBJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dancing in the Street”-Stevenson, Hunter & Gaye

We’re getting close to 50 years since “Dancing in the Street” was released. Currently, I’m reading Mark Kurlansky’s fine book: Ready for a Brand New Beat: How ‘Dancing in the Street’ Became the Anthem for a Changing America. The book is available through your public library, if a copy isn’t there, have them order it. I never buy books anymore, who has the room to store them???   Love the library! 

“Fifty years ago, protesters were taking to the streets across the United States. Philadelphia and Harlem, N.Y., saw race riots. Atlantic City, N.J., saw picketers screaming outside the Democratic National Convention, and in Washington, D.C., anti-war activists took over the National Mall. It was a tense and volatile time. The soundtrack to it all was one song: Martha and the Vandellas’ 1964 hit, “Dancing in the Street.”NPR site