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March 2nd, 1967

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Sen. Richard Russell President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Sen. Richard Russell
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On this day in 1967, President Johnson spoke on the phone with Senator Richard Russell.

They discussed Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s Senate speech proposing a bombing halt to bring about Vietnam peace negotiations; past U. S. bombing pauses, peace efforts; LBJ’s messages to Ho Chi Minh; Harold Wilson-Alexsei Kosygin peace effort; and the background of the 37-day bombing pause.

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March 2nd, 1967

On this day in 1967, President Johnson spoke at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of Howard University in Washington, D.C.

“For the work that lies ahead is demanding, and it involves far too many lives in urgent need of help, to be parceled out by race. Tomorrow’s problems, which will be placed squarely in your hands, will not be divided into ‘Negro problems’ and ‘White problems.’ There will be only human problems, and there will be more than enough to go around.

“I said at the beginning that this day is for prayers of thanksgiving—for remembrance and wonder.

“Our prayers are to the God who has strengthened the will of a grateful people. Our remembrance is of those who created and sustained this great university, and brought here thousands of young men and women from all over the world, and gave them the power to serve their fellow man.

“Our wonder—our very great wonder—is for the human spirit that, having endured infinite wrongs, can yet hold to its faith in the dignity of life.

“For one hundred years that spirit has prevailed here at Howard University. May it always prevail.”