Primary Source Worksheet: Lyndon B. Johnson, Excerpt from “To Fulfill These Rights”

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"Equal opportunity . . . is not enough." Johnson's 1965 commencement address to the students at Howard University provides an opportunity for participants to see how education was a key element in his vision for civil rights.

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Instructional Ideas

  • As part of their examination of the printed excerpts of the address, ask readers to identify the rhetorical elements Johnson uses in the address before listening to the audio version
  • Show the video of the address, available on YouTube
  • Play the audio of Johnson's conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and ask learners to compare the tone of the two recordings
  • Ask groups to evaluate the success of the vision Johnson outlines
Pros

  • Links to Johnson's address as well as to the referenced Winston Churchill speech are provided
  • The worksheet includes reading comprehension question and a list of suggested activities
Cons

  • None