Click on the link here for Audio Player – President Johnson Address regarding riots – July 27, 1967 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
With a country teetering on the edge of burning down. Cities engulfed in flame and violence. Civil disorder spread from coast to coast, it truly was The Long, Hot Summer many predicted would happen. The racial violence, the protests to the War in Vietnam – the Summer of 1967, contrary to being referred to as “the summer of Love” was anything but, if you went outside the city limits of San Francisco or Los Angeles.
With rioting gripping most major urban areas this July in 1967, President Johnson took to the airwaves for the second time in a week, to discuss the situation and to call for an end to the violence and to call for unity and healing.
Under the circumstances, any call for calm was much needed.
Here is that address from President Johnson, as it was aired on July 27, 1967.
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