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Are Historians Divided About LBJ’s Role in the Civil Rights Movement?  

Are Historians Divided About LBJ’s Role in the Civil Rights Movement?  

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Feb. 18 2015 7:07 PM

How Many LBJs Did You Skew Today?

Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., explains what it’s like to watch the film Selma as a black American history scholar.

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Left: David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma. Right: MLK delivers a speech on Oct. 16, 1965, in New York City.

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