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

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Accession Number: TNC:262 (excerpt)
Title: Report to the American People on Civil Rights, 11 June 1963
Date(s) of Materials: 11 June 1963
Description: This motion picture is a CBS News Special Report covering President John F. Kennedy's radio and television report to the American people on civil rights (see "Public Papes of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1963: Item 237"). 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 are entitled to attend public educational institutions, 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. CBS newsmen comment on the President's speech and the situation at the University of Alabama. Newsmen include Roger Mudd, Dan Rather, Nelson Benton, Charles von Fremd, and Paul Nevin. Interviewed are Atlantic Constitution editor Ralph McGill and Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal.
Physical Description: 1 film reel (black-and-white; sound; 16 mm; 1081 feet; 30 minutes)
Excerpt Running Time (Minutes): 13:41  
Media Type: Film Reel
Footage: 1081
Copyright Status: Copyright (C) Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)
Archival Creator: Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)
Digital Identifier: TNC-262-EX