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When John F. Kennedy became president in 1961, black Americans, especially those living in southern and border states, were denied legal equality and human dignity. They could not vote, were barred from public facilities, were subjected to routine insults and violence (often carried out by law enforcement officials), and could not expect justice...
Once called "the Socrates of the civil rights movement," Bayard Rustin did not head an organization. He was known as "an intellectual engineer behind the scenes," and the success of the March on Washington was largely due to his planning.
Leading with Diversity
Letters and telegrams from key figures help tell the story of the civil rights movement during the Kennedy years. Documents included are from James Farmer, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young Jr.
The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum presents its 1998 lineup of new and special exhibitions including Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy; the 1963 Civil Rights Movement; and the African Independence Movement. New cafe featuring spectacular view of Boston Harbor opens; children ages 12 and under admitted free effective January 1, 1998.
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