Oct. 7, 1964. 3:58 PM. In Columbia, South Carolina, Lady Bird and the Whistle Stop encounter some of the trouble they had anticipated as a result of the recently passed civil rights legislation. Liz Carpenter recounted the story in an oral history:
…When we got to Columbia, South Carolina, there were a group of people. I guess they were students. They had a drum that helped them keep their chant going, and they tried to interrupt her speech and stop her from speaking. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t Vietnam. It was civil rights that provoked this, and the Johnson policy on civil rights, which had been more liberal than anyone’s. And she handled it beautifully. She just put one hand up and said, ‘My friends, this is a country of free speech, and I respect your opinion. But this is my time to speak my mind.’
Watch above (starts at about 17:30).
More on the Whistle Stop: http://whistlestop.lbjlibrary.org.