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  • President Lyndon B. Johnson with Civil Rights Leaders in the Oval Office
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    White House Guests
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    civil rights
    In this photograph, taken in the Oval Office on January 18, 1964 by Yoichi R. Okamoto, President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with a group of civil rights leaders. Among the group are the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (left), Whitney M. Young, Jr. of the National Urban League (right), and James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality (far right).
  • President Johnson Signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    signing
    bills
    Washington, D.C.
    U.S. Capitol
    civil rights
    In this photograph, taken by Yoichi R. Okamoto on August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in the President's Room of the Capitol building while Civil Rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. look on. The Voting Rights Act was designed to the "enforce the 15th amendment" and remove the barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. The statue's provisions included: banning literacy tests, empowering the attorney general to investigate the unlawful use of poll taxes, and made the act of harassing, intimidating, threatening to prevent a lawfully registered voter from voting punishable by a fine of up $10,000, a five-year prison sentence or both. The legislation also allowed for the appointment of federal examiners with the ability to register qualified citizens to vote in jurisdictions where less than 50 percent of the voting age population was registered to vote. This legislation had a tremendous and immediate impact with over a quarter-million African Americans registered to vote by the end of 1965.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Cabinet Room
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    Cabinet Room
    West Wing
    In this photograph, taken by Yoichi R. Okamoto on December 1, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson sits in the Cabinet Room as he meets with representatives of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority, a two hundred mile waterway approved by Congress in 1946 to facilitate trade across the borders of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. The waterway was completed in 1984.
  • Congressman Kirwan Visits President Johnson in Oval Office
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Congress
    In this photograph, taken in the Oval Office by Yoichi Okamoto on June 10, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson visits with U.S. Representative Michael J. Kirwan, a Democrat from Ohio. The figure in the foreground had been loaned to the president for 30 days, and Kirwan had come to pick it up from the president. Kirwan served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1937 until his death in 1970 .
  • President Johnson in the Pool with Dog and Grandson
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    pets
    In this photograph, taken by Yoichi Okamoto at the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas on August 27, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson catches up with work on his sixtieth birthday in the pool with his dog Yuki and grandson Patrick L. Nugent. The President's home is now known as the Texas White House, and is part of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval Office
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    In this photograph, taken in the Oval Office circa 1963 by Yoichi Okamoto, President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks over the telephone while watching live news coverage on three television sets he had installed in the office. Next to the television cabinet sits a wire service that printed a running stream of ticker tapes with the latest news.
  • Lyndon Johnson Him and Her
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    pets
    Cabinet Room
    West Wing
    This black and white photograph by Yoichi Okamoto shows President Lyndon Johnson holding two of his family's pet beagles, Him and Her, in his lap in the Cabinet Room.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson Meets with Staff
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    staff
    Cabinet
    In this photograph, taken by Yoichi Okamoto on February 9, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Special Assistant for National Security Affairs Walt W. Rostow and Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara to discuss the military situation in South Vietnam.
  • President Johnson Sings with Yuki in the Oval Office
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Pets
    This photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson "singing" with his dog Yuki, was taken on January 30, 1968 in the Oval Office by Yoichi R. Okamoto. Ambassador David K. E. Bruce enjoys the spectacle. Yuki, a mixed breed, was found by Luci, Johnson's daughter on Thanksgiving Day in 1966. His name means "snow" in Japanese.
  • Him and Her In the Oval Office
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    pets
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    In this photograph, taken in the Oval Office by Yoichi Okamoto on April 26, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson reads a printout from the wire service ticker tapes while his beagles, Him and Her, play behind him. Johnson had the wire service tickers installed in the Oval Office to print a running news stream in an effort to stay informed.
  • The Johnsons in the White House on Inauguration Day
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    Bedroom
    Family Quarters
    inauguration
    This candid photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson was taken on Inauguration Day, January 20, 1965. The Johnsons are in the private rooms of the White House residence preparing to attend the inauguration. Chief Justice Earl Warren would administer the presidential oath of office at 12:03 p.m. before a crowd estimated to be between 1.2 to 1.5 million people. During the ceremony, First Lady Johnson would become the first wife to hold the bible for her husband.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson and Yuki in the Oval Office
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    pets
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson "singing" with his dog Yuki, was taken on January 30, 1968 in the Oval Office by Yoichi R. Okamoto. Yuki, a mixed breed, was found by Luci, Johnson's daughter on Thanksgiving Day in 1966. His name means "snow" in Japanese.
  • Secretary Weaver with President Lyndon Johnson
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    staff
    Cabinet
    This photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Robert C. Weaver was taken by Yoichi Okamoto on February 12, 1968. Weaver was the first African-American to hold a Cabinet position during a presidential administration and was also the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Johnson signed the Act which created the department on September 9, 1965, and Weaver assumed his duties as Secretary on January 18, 1966.
  • Lyndon Johnson and Harold Holt at State Arrival Ceremony
    Yoichi R. Okamoto
    State Visit
    Arrival Ceremony
    In this photograph taken by White House photographer, Yoichi R. Okamoto on June 29, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt review the troops at an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn.