Frank Mitchell: Civil Rights and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Frank Mitchell: Civil Rights and the Voting Rights Act of 1965


Well I remember I was around for the Voting Rights Act in ’65. I think Medicare, also. But because I was in the cloakroom, we never really got to— it wasn’t like CNN or C-SPAN and you could sit there and watch it or listen to it. We had speakers where we could hear some of the debate, but the phone’s ringing, I’ve got to answer the phone. Then I’ve got to go out to the floor and tell somebody that they’ve got a message. So there’s just no time to sit there and absorb any of that. You just remember that it went on. And that and I think for me, I felt that those kinds of things, the legislation, was more historic and certainly more important than anything about my appointment. I looked at my appointment as— I looked at it as making sure that I did a good job so that whoever was number two wouldn’t have to wait as long.

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