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.
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"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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