Wednesday marks 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights bill into law, a dream that became a reality with the help of White House aide Clifford Alexander.
The eighty year old Alexander is still very proud of his time as an aide in Johnson’s administration. After graduating from Harvard and Yale Law School, he served as civil rights adviser to the president.
“The only African American, on the staff, at the time,” Alexander told CBS News. “It was, like, many things in this life, where black people were not included as much as they should’ve been. But in the case of Lyndon Johnson, he made me as comfortable as he made his white aides. He was a man who was forward-looking and a man who cared about the issues of civil rights and cared about people.”
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