I believe that the essence of government lies with unceasing concern for the welfare and dignity and decency and innate integrity of life for every individual. I don’t like to say this and wish I didn’t have to add these words to make it clear but I will — regardless of color, creed, ancestry, sex or age.

Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) American politician, educator, US President (1963-69)
Speech, Civil Rights symposium, LBJ Library, Austin, Texas, (12 Dec 1972)

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