JFK, civil rights, and George Wallace

June 6th, 2013

On June 11, 1963, Gov. George Wallace of Alabama stood defiantly at the entrance of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, blocking two black students from enrolling at the university. After receiving news that Wallace refused to step aside, President John F. Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard at which point Wallace moved away from the door. Presidential historian Tom Whalen discusses how this was a turning point for the civil rights movement during JFK’s presidency.

Contact Whalen at 978-888-3131 or tjw64@bu.edu

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