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Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights, 11 June 1963

WH-194-001
Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights, 11 June 1963
11 June 1963
1 audio tape/reel (13 minutes)
Public Domain
Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s radio and television address on civil rights. In his speech the President responds to the threats of violence and obstruction on the University of Alabama campus following desegregation attempts, explaining that the United States was founded on the principle that all men are created equal and thus, all American students should be allowed to attend public educational institutions without the presence of military force, regardless of race. He also discusses how discrimination affects education, public safety, and international relations, noting that the country cannot preach freedom internationally while ignoring it domestically. The President asks Congress to enact legislation protecting all Americans' voting rights, legal standing, educational opportunities, and access to public facilities; but recognizes that legislation alone cannot solve the country's problems concerning race relations.
JFKWHA-194-001
Department of Defense. Defense Communications Agency. White House Communications Agency. (1962 - 06/25/1991)