Nov 16 2013

 

 

 

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In response to the University of Alabama's refusal to allow two African Americans to attend the university, President Kennedy sent National Guard troops to ensure the peaceful entry of two student - James Hood and Vivian Malone.

President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation in one of the most civil rights speeches of the 1960's. In this speech he proposed the Civil Rights Act which was passed after his assassination in 1964. . After the speech, Dr. Martin Luther King called the speech 'the most sweeping and forthright [proposals] ever presented by an American President'.