JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness

 (Rochester, NY) –  As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Lydon B. Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act in August 1965, JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness, airing on WXXI-TV on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9 p.m., examines how Johnson meticulously worked behind the scenes to outwit the Southern segregationists who were determined to maintain the racial divide. He cajoled, flattered, wheeled and dealed, using all the tricks he had learned as a long-serving Senator, to ultimately transform America.

JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness is narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the documentary’s dramatic events are told through rare archival footage and reenactments with actor Mark Murphey as Johnson. For many, President Lyndon B. Johnson is chiefly remembered for escalating the United States military involvement in Vietnam. But his legacy is much more than his role in the Vietnam War; Johnson engineered the passing of two of the most important laws Congress ever approved: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Pictured: President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson
Credit: Courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library

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