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“A Very Complex Problem”

 

Photo credit: Yoichi Okamoto

Conversation Details

During a long call about Vietnam and civil rights, President Johnson and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. discussed strategies for securing Republican support for the voting rights bill, particularly in Rust Belt states. Johnson and King also wished to stop an amendment that would derail the administration’s attempt to eliminate poll taxes. 

 

Date:
July 7, 1965
Location:
Oval Office
Conversation:
WH6507-02-8311-8312-8313

Conversation Participants