Socks, the Clinton family’s cat, prepares for a Museum Cats White House briefing. 12/5/93.
-from the Clinton Library
Bill Clinton on the saxophone at the White House celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival. June 18, 1993.
The Newport Jazz Festival turns 60 this year! Today, the National Archives celebrates six decades of music with Jazz in the USA: On the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival.
Journalist Soledad O’Brien moderates a panel discussion with George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival; Dan Morgenstern, author, archivist, and NEA Jazz Master; and jazz musicians Jonathan Batisteand Christian McBride. Film clips of the 1960 festival (from the holdings of the National Archives) will complement the discussion.
Join us today, Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5yVVsGFuaA) or in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue). More info here.
Here, on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister’s eyes, and into
Your brother’s face, your country
And say simply
With hope —
-Maya Angelou from her poem “On the Pulse of Morning,” read at the inauguration for President Clinton.
Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. Our thoughts are with her family and all of those that she inspired.
Photo: Maya Angelou delivers her poem at the inaugural ceremonies for President Bill Clinton. U.S. Capitol, January 20, 1993.
May 20, 1997: President Clinton poses for a photo with members of the Super Bowl XXXI winners, the Green Bay Packers on the South Portico of the White House. President Clinton is joined on his right by head coach Mike Holmgren and General Manager Ron Wolf and on his left by Quarterback Brett Farve and Defensive Lineman Reggie White.
-from the Clinton Library
President Clinton greets former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, aka the “Punky QB” at the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XXXI champions ceremony at the White House. Jim McMahon was the back-up quarterback for the Packers. May 20, 1997.
-from the Clinton Library
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Photo: The Clinton family standing in the front of a Chihuly glass tree at the White House Millennium Dinner. December 31, 1999.
LBJ Signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Fifty years ago, the work of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act. Passage was not easy and depended on the painstaking efforts of civil rights leaders, cooperation in a resistant Senate, and growth in public support.
When the bill was finally signed on July 2, 1964, it was the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.
This week, The Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas honors this historic legislation. Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, Clinton, and Carter are part of the Summit, joining a full schedule of programs that address the civil rights issues we face today.
Our own Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, will introduce President Carter tonight at the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas.
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library is hosting the summit on April 8, 9, and 10.
You can watch the panel discussions and keynote address live on their website: http://www.civilrightssummit.org/updates/
The keynote speakers include President Barack Obama and three former Presidents: Jimmy Carter will speak on April 8; Bill Clinton will speak on April 9; and George W. Bush will speak on the evening of April 10.
Learn more about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in our new Google Cultural Institute exhibit, which includes videos, letters, telegrams, meeting minutes, and high resolution photos.
Image: LBJ signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Serial Number: A1030-17a Date: 08/06/1965. Credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto.
If you weren’t able to get tickets to next week’s Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library, don’t worry! The event will be live streamed on their website:
President Barack Obama will be joined by three former Presidents who will also deliver remarks at the upcoming Civil Rights Summit: Jimmy Carter will speak on April 8; Bill Clinton will speak on April 9; and George W. Bush will speak on the evening of April 10.
The Civil Rights Summit, comprised of afternoon panel discussions followed by evening keynote addresses, will reflect on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today.
I’m not fancy. I’m what I appear to be.
Today in history, March 11, 1993, Janet Reno was appointed as the first woman Attorney General of the United States by President Clinton. She served from 1993-2001, longer than any other Attorney General in the 20th century.