I just finished Robert Caro’s book on Lyndon Johnson and the 1960s. We who are old enough to remember those turbulent years often forget what life was like in this country when races were separated by hatred and distrust.  When I interviewed Jacques Barzun several years ago when he was 102, I asked him whether, when he arrived in New York in 1920, if someone had asked him if in his lifetime there would be a black president of the united States, he said without prejudice. “I would have said anything is possible but not that!”

So today I spent a few minutes looking at the Martin Luther King video below and wondered how far we have come as a country and as Americans together in those 50 years.

 

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