Interview with Harry McPherson

After the passage and signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1964 [SIC], was there optimism in White House about the future of the Civil Rights Movement? What did Johnson feel there was left to do?


President Johnson, after the Voting Rights Act was signed, said to several of us in the Oval Office that this was the beginning of big change, that when Blacks in the South got the vote, they would start demanding things and have the power to demand things that, um, would make big changes there, that politicians who had been ignoring them for a long time would begin to have to listen, and, um, pay attention to them, and in that he was absolutely right.