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Luci Baines Johnson Volunteers for Head Start

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  Luci starts the eye exam. 
  •  Because the pre-school aged children might not yet know their letters, they were shown objects such as model airplanes, dolls, knives, and forks to test their vision. 
 
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Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of former president Lyndon Baines Johnson, is shown giving an eye exam to young African-American schoolchildren as part of Head Start's Volunteers for Vision program. Created in 1965 as a component of Johnson's War on Poverty, Head Start provided education, health, and nutrition services to low-income children and their parents. According to an April 14, 1965, article in the New York Times, 17-year-old Luci was asked to serve as the honorary chairperson of Volunteers for Vision because she had been working for a Washington optometrist.