July 21, 1965. White House foreign policy advisors hold three meetings in the Cabinet Room throughout the day. They are discussing deployment of American troops to Vietnam. Read the rest of the meeting notes here.
LBJ Library photo 265-4-WH65, public domain. From the 11:31 a.m. session. Clockwise from LBJ: Sec. Robert McNamara, Cyrus Vance (hands only visible), Carl Rowan, McGeorge Bundy, Chester Cooper, Amb. Henry Cabot Lodge, Adm. William Raborn, Richard Helms, Jack Valenti, Horace Busby (behind Valenti), Leonard Unger, William Bundy, George Ball, Sec. Dean Rusk
It only took a few days to plan the concert at the Lincoln Memorial, July 19, 1979, and arrange for permits for a march. I wrote a letter to President Carter which was delivered to him by hand…”
-Joan Baez, And a Voice to Sing With: A Memoir, 2009
In 1979, Joan Baez appealed to President Jimmy Carter to send the Sixth Fleet into the South China Sea to rescue Southeast Asia refugees. Here’s an entry from President Carter’s Daily Dairy that records one of his 1979 meetings with Joan Baez. We also found this image in the National Archives digital catalog of of Baez at an earlier march at the Lincoln Memorial - the 1963 March on Washington.
The phone calls and meetings between Joan Baez and President Carter are all recorded in The White House Daily Dairy from the Carter Library’s digital archives.
Happy birthday Joan Baez. January 9, 1941.
“President Lyndon B. Johnson listens to tape sent by Captain Charles Robb from Vietnam, 07/31/1968”, Jack E. Kightlinger, Photographer
In this White House photo taken by Jack Kightlinger on July 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson listens to a tape recording from his son-in-law Capt. Charles Robb, who was a Marine Corps company commander in Vietnam.