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John F. Kennedy Civil Rights Address

John F. Kennedy, 1957

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy federalized National Guard troops and deployed them to the University of Alabama to force its desegregation. The next day, Governor Wallace yielded to the federal pressure, and two African American students – Vivian Malone and James A. Hood – successfully enrolled.

On June 11, President John F. Kennedy gave this speech declaring segregation as morally wrong. Read more.