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Today in history: LBJ fights for civil rights
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson said he would send U.S. troops to Alabama to keep order during a civil rights march
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. and his civil rights marchers cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., heading for the capitol in Montgomery on March 21, 1965.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and his civil rights marchers cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., heading for the capitol in Montgomery on March 21, 1965. AP Photo


March 20, 1965: President Lyndon Johnson said he would send U.S. troops to Alabama to keep order during a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. LBJ sent in the troops after Alabama Gov. George Wallace — a staunch anti-integrationist — refused to use state funds to protect the civil rights demonstrators.

Quote of the day

"If government is to serve any purpose it is to do for others what they are unable to do for themselves." — Lyndon B. Johnson

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