Grateful American® Foundation

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LBJ and the Passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Acts

By Fowler West

After I graduated from college, I was delighted when my Texas Congressman hired me to work in his Washington office. I was in DC just in time to witness several events leading to the passage of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Besides my work with the Congressman’s staff, I was also assigned to the House Doorkeeper’s office; that meant I was charged with permitting only members of Congress and authorized staff, access to the House Chamber. Looking back on my Capitol Hill career, I consider that service as one of the most fascinating jobs I ever held.

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How Are You a Grateful American?

In what ways do you consider yourself to be a Grateful American?

That’s the question that author and publisher David Bruce Smith is investigating in the Grateful American® Foundation.

Our mission is to make it fun to learn about American history,” says Smith, who borrowed the idea for the Grateful American™ Foundation from his father, developer and philanthropist Robert H. Smith. “My father always referred to himself as a Grateful American. He realized that the community and this country have been good to our family, and he wanted to give back. This Foundation is my way of doing the same.”

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