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[VIDEO] Apr. 22, 1964 | New York World’s Fair Opens

Apr. 22, 1964 - President Johnson, facing down unruly civil rights demonstrators who chanted and struggled with police as he spoke, opened the New York World’s Fair today with a call to Americans to “move forward to a world in which all men are equal, in which all people are free, in which all of us can live in peace.” Mr. Johnson, his face set, looked straight ahead and raised his voice to a near-shout to be heard over the cries of the Negro and white demonstrators. “This pavilion is an effort to convey the spirit of America to all the world,” he said. “It tells where we came from, it tells where we are, and it tries to show where we are going.”

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