The History Place - John F. Kennedy Photo History

The President: Another preoccupation of the Kennedy White House is the struggle of African-Americans for equal treatment. On June 11, 1963, the President orders Alabama Governor George Wallace to cease and desist from obstructing black students from attending the University of Alabama. Above: That night, the President delivers a major televised address on civil rights saying, "It ought to be possible...for every American to enjoy the privileges of being American without regard to his race or color."

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