Senator Everett Dirksen Quotes

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I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
Everett Dirksen (The Education of a Senator)
Two days after the president spoke, the Senate majority leader, Democrat Mike Mansfield, and the minority leader, Republican Everett Dirksen, together introduced a bill to guarantee voting rights to African Americans. A similar bill was soon introduced in the House of Representatives. Over ferocious opposition by Southern congressmen, the bill passed in both houses. On August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.
Lawrence Goldstone (On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights)