Video: President Lyndon Johnson - Speech on Voting Rights

December 15, 2011

This YouTube video ( is part of President Johnson’s March 15, 1965, speech before Congress on Voting Rights. He begins by talking about the ‘dignity of man and the destiny of Democracy.’ The clip ends with him saying, “There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.”

It seems that the same sort of rhetoric is being used in the news now---people claiming that the new restrictive laws are Democratic problems or Republican problems. But, laws that create unnecessary barriers for voters is an American problem. These laws will impact people from all political parties.

His full speech is at