Tuesday, March 5, 2013
American Speeches: Video: Hubert Humphrey: 1948 DNC Civil Rights Speech
To know that Hubert Humphrey was a great man, all you have to do is look at or watch his 1948 Democratic National Convention speech. On civil rights and to know that he was also ahead of his time, just look at or listen to Hubert Humphrey's civil rights speech. And this was even before he was elected to the US Senate, Humphrey wasn't in Congress at all when he gave this. Speech House or Senate but a 1948 US Senate Candidate and also to know how far ahead of his time he was. The civil rights movement didn't exist at all in the late 1940s at least as a national movement. But to a large extent at least on civil rights, Humphrey wasn't governed by what was popular at the. Time when he was the Deputy Leader of the US Senate in 1964 and pushing the civil rights laws then. Civil rights was still not very popular in this country and he probably already knew and Lybndon Johnson certainly knew. That passing civil rights laws was going to hurt the Democratic Party in the South and thats exactly what happened.
Leadership is not about what's doing what is popular at the time but what's the right thing to do at the time. And thats exactly what Hubert Humphrey did with this civil rights speech in 1948 and what he did in his entire career in Congress. In the 1940s, 50s and 60s and civil rights is just an example of that.