Thursday, May 13, 2010

Compelling Civil Rights History

Governor George C. Wallace of Alabama, June 11, 1963, attempting to block integration of the University of Alabama and the enrollment of two black students. He stands defiantly in the doorway while confronted by Deputy US Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, who had been sent to Tuscaloosa by President Kennedy to confront Wallace.

As a 15 year old, I recall so vividly being glued to The Evening News as the events unfolded. The struggle for the civil rights of black Amercians was a compelling time in our history and this critical event happened during the peak of the struggle. There is no more fascinating and no more important part of our history as a nation.

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