Lady Bird Johnson Press Release
National First Ladies’ Library
205 Market St. S. Canton, Ohio 44702
13 July 2007, Canton, Ohio:
The National First Ladies Library has lost one of its earliest supporters and honorary chairwoman, Lady Bird Johnson.
As NFLL founder and president Mary Regula reflected, "As magnificent and great was her project to bring natural beauty to urban and rural communities alike, Mrs. Johnson made so many more contributions that changed and improved American life forever, yet these have gone unnoticed. We mourn the loss of such an extraordinarily civic-minded role model for so many people, for so many years."
In recognition of Lady Bird Johnson's role as First Lady, the NFLL will display a special tribute exhibit touching on aspects of her tenure.
To name a few of Lady Bird Johnson's numerous accomplishments: creating national consciousness on the issue of environmental protection, preservation and renewal, by lobbying for federal legislation, obtaining the cooperation of private enterprise to landscape and reclaim used lands, leading national anti-pollution campaigns (such as Don't Be a Litterbug), advocating community landscaping efforts; urban renewal of housing projects, historic preservation projects; promotion of the National Park Service system with visits covered by U.S. and international media; helping to create Head Start; addressing issues of racial integration through advocacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 throughout the states of the south, and racial strife at the time of Martin Luther King's death; advocating the hiring of more professional women within the national government, and holding monthly meetings of women professional women; helping institutionalize the role of First Lady through the creation of a Chief of Staff and Press Secretary for that role.
For detailed information on Mrs. Johnson, please visit the NFLL website, www.firstladies.org, and see her extensive biography and bibliography or call the NFLL at 330-452-0876.
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