LBJ’s Greatest Speech Turns 50

David Shribman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The events that March came on a gale of fury, and with furious speed: the “Bloody Sunday” civil-rights march from Selma to Montgomery, the confrontation at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the tense White House meeting between Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama and President Lyndon B. Johnson. And then, a half-century ago today: the greatest speech in Mr. JohnsonÂ’s life, perhaps the greatest presidential speech since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.The setting could not have been more dramatic. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee had drawn the nationÂ’s attention to the…