The LBJ Presidential Library will be commemorating two significant 50th anniversaries in the upcoming weeks. We invite the public to participate in each.
50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
On Thursday, July 30, the LBJ Library is partnering with The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas to host a blood drive in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. The drive is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the LBJ Library classroom on the second floor. Free admission to the Library will also be granted to those that donate blood! Please remember to bring a photo ID. For more information, please visit our event page.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law in a ceremony on July 30, 1965, at the Truman Library and Museum in Missouri. President Harry Truman had tried to pass a federally insured health program for seniors previously, but was unable to overcome obstacles. President Johnson gave the first Medicare cards to Harry and Bess Truman.
50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
On Thursday, August 6, the LBJ Library and the Travis County Tax Office are partnering to host a voter registration drive – 50 years to the day after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the historic Voting Rights Act, one of our nation’s most impactful laws. The voter drive is from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the LBJ Library. Travis County Volunteer Deputy Registrars will be on-hand to register new voters. We will also be granting free admission all day. Come and visit! For more information, please visit our event page.
Of the more than 1,000 laws passed in his administration, President Johnson called the Voting Rights Act the most important as its purpose is to end discrimination at the polls. Learn more about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through our archival materials.
The right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. – President Lyndon B. Johnsonby