1963 – Alabama Gov. George Wallace tries to block Integration at University of Alabama

Two African-American students were going to be enrolled at the University under a Federal Court order.

In June 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace refused to allow two black students to enter the University of Alabama forcing President Kennedy to use the National Guard to ensure the safety of the students. On June 11, President Kennedy made the decision to give a televised evening speech announcing his civil rights bill proposal.

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