All the WayDVD - 2016
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Quotes herein were from interviews with historians in the Special Features “All The Way: A Walk Through History.” Some quotes from the main feature can be found in IMDb:
The relationship between black and white was at a fork. And coming into 1964, LBJ and MLK were on the right side of the fork.
He was all emotions on a spectrum of human experience. Everybody who knew him will say, “Bar none, there’s nobody more interesting that we’ve ever met in our whole lives.” You just couldn't take your eyes off him. He lit the room up when he entered, but nobody certainly expected him to be President.
African-Americans, back in ’63, were not allowed to sit at a lunch counter with white people. They were not allowed access to bathrooms. This is the Jim Crow South. It is the 100 years of deliberately-crafted social and political structures to oppress African-Americans in this country. This was the naked revelation of the illogic of white supremacy and showed just how devastating a consequence it was to believe that some people are inferior and some people are superior. Clearly, segregation was right there, it was blatant. But there was also a certain hopefulness. Civil rights became a major issue in the ‘50’s. Between the sit-ins and the bus rides, there was a sense that things were beginning to move forward.
There’s a battle in Johnson between love and fear that is as stormy, explosive kind of battleground as you could ever have in one person. And instead of helping the country heal and gluing things back together and becoming a source of stability, he takes on one of the most daring bits of legislation by announcing and then pursing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
We got people in this country living in unbelievable poverty. I know. I grew up like that in the Hill Country.
Slow and plodding though it was, it’s more important for people to realize what happened without violence to change America.
…all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are deprived of those blessings because of the color of their skin. This cannot continue. Our Constitution forbids it. And the law U will now sign forbids it.
The more I got into it, the more contemporary it revealed itself to be. The battles that were being fought in 1964, we still fight today.
At a time now when racial relationships seem fraught again, to remember a time like this, where a black leader could work with a white Southern leader and produce this extraordinary act, it’s a positive moment.
It is good to remind ourselves, with all of the problems we have today, and we have many challenges ahead of us, but how far we have come in 50 years from where we were in 1964. And in the lowest of my low moments today, I think, “Well…” And maybe 50 years from now, we’ll look back and think, “Well., we’re so much further than that. Thank God.”
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