John Atkins recalls going to the White House, when President Lyndon B. Johnson invited him and a delegation of two hundred other college representatives for a visit in October 1964. Interview on June 14, 2011. (1:10)


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Well that was-it's a very high honor. 00:00:00 - 00:00:07
You were invited to the White House, got to go to the White House and you got to meet the President, 00:00:08 - 00:00:12
got to have some dialogue with the President. 00:00:13 - 00:00:15
There were forums that dealt with what was on students' minds and what's going on on student campuses. 00:00:16 - 00:00:22
We were entertained, we were well fed, and so it was a great experience. 00:00:23 - 00:00:31
And it's not to take anything away from the experience or what the event was about 00:00:32 - 00:00:37
but I think it's like many of those, and so it's the President had student leaders across America in and so forth. 00:00:38 - 00:00:46
Did it have a lasting effect? I don't know. Did it have a follow up? No, not of any consequence, but it still was-. 00:00:47 - 00:00:54
I mean, you know, here's a little guy from Durham who just happened to be in the right place at the right time to be invited to the White House. That's a pretty big deal. 00:00:55 - 00:01:03

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