A Letter from Lyndon B. Johnson

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President Johnson's letter was presented to the 1963 National Round Table Conference less than two weeks after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was published in January 1964.

THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON

Mr. Guy R. Justis President American Public Welfare Association Statler-Hilton Hotel Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Justis:

Your meeting comes near the close of a sad year which was nevertheless an historic one in the annals of public welfare in this country. It was a period which saw the implementation by most of the States of many of the provisions of the 1962 Public Welfare Amendments to the Social Security Act. It was a year which saw the creation of a separate Welfare Administration in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

These accomplishments represent a victory for the American Public Welfare Association which has struggled hard and long for their achievement. And I am proud as I know President Kennedy would have been proud that these historic developments have been achieved during this Administration.

Yet, as you know, the current programs to reduce poverty and dependency in this country are not nearly enough. …