The Making of University of Michigan History

Pres. Johnson proposed "Great Society"...

In "the largest commencement ever," an estimated 80,000 people filled Michigan Stadium to hear President Lyndon Johnson's 1964 commencement address. The President's speech challenged the audience and the country to help build a "Great Society," one that "demands an end to poverty and racial injustice - to which we are totally committed in our time." The speech, regarded by many historians as one of Johnson's most important, laid out a theme and provided a catch-phrase for his domestic policy.


Photo Source: President Lyndon Johnson, 1964 Commencement; News and Information Service (University of Michigan) Records