What really happened between Eartha Kitt and Lady Bird Johnson at that White House luncheon
USA Today - 02/16/2018
In 1968, the backlash to the Civil Rights Movement was growing, along with opposition to the war.
“Even somebody like Martin Luther King was actually falling out of favor by 1968 because Martin Luther King had critiqued the Vietnam war and had critiqued colonialism and had critiqued capitalism,” said Dr. Sarah J. Jackson, author of Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the Press.
When Kitt’s comments about the war became public through the press, she was excoriated. Reports about the incident, made it seem that Kitt, was an ‘angry black woman’ who had made Lady Bird cry.