50 years ago today, August 28, 1968, Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey was nominated by the Democratic Party for President of the United States. He accepted the nomination in Chicago on August 29, but lost the election to Richard M. Nixon in November.
At the Democratic National Convention, 70 years ago, on July 14, 1948, a young Minneapolis Mayor Hubert Humphrey pleaded for a civil rights plank in the Democratic platform.
He asked the party to “walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights.”
“There are those who say — my friends — to those who say we are rushing this issue of civil rights,” he said at the time, “I say we are 172 years late.”
You can hear his words in a Minnesota Public Radio documentary, “The Politics of Joy: A Radio Remembrance of Hubert Humphrey.”
This MPR documentary follows the career of one of the most significant politicians in Minnesota’s history. It features interviews with Vice President Walter Mondale, Sen. Eugene McCarthy, and some of Humphrey’s closest confidantes.
Produced in 1988 by Mark Heistad. Narrated by Paula Schroeder and former Vice President Walter Mondale.
To listen to the documentary, click the audio player above.