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LBJ speech recalls struggle to bring low-income housing to Austin


In 1968, at the end of his political career, with barely one month left in his term as president, LBJ came home to Austin. A small affordable housing project was being dedicated and the sponsors asked the president to make a few remarks. In his speech the president looked back and looked forward to the challenge of housing the poor.

TxLIHIS prepared this video for our 20th Anniversary celebration earlier this week from audio and video provided by the LBJ Library.

I started my commitment to housing justice for people and communities with low incomes in 1975 in Austin's Clarksville community. These years of working side-by-side with dedicated community leaders to find solutions to housing and community development challenges have taught me some things and I’m learning new things every day.

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