If the latter part of 2013 was dominated by the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of JFK - This year marks the half century of an extraordinary year in US Politics. LBJ put his mark on American history - with an incredible period of (successful) legislative action - and a landslide victory in the Presidential Election.
I am currently reading, and prepping for a conference which has at its heart the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson's `Great Society' speech.
Over the next few weeks I'll be posting about some of the events, and the issues which will be addressed at the conference. But it's worth looking at the speech itself, which was delivered on 22nd May 1964 in Ann Arbor Michigan. He was at the University of Michigan to receive an honorary degree and deliver the commencement address at the Spring graduation ceremony.
He looks forward to "50 years from now" - that time has come. It is worth reflecting on the vision he set out - and what has been achieved.
President Hatcher, Governor Romney, Senators McNamara and Hart, Congressmen Meader and Staebler, and other members of the fine Michigan delegation, members of the graduating class, my fellow Americans: