I knew I had these clippings and uncovered them the other day. The newspapers are over 50 years old and I decided to share them here because of the relevance to Black History Month (and to what's going on in our country and schools today). See below for caption/article transcriptions:
Three other Negroes were scheduled to enter the city's previously white schools for the first time, although Wallace vowed they would not and sent nearly 200 state troopers to turn them away.
WASHINGTON (UPI)- The Kennedy administration was prepared today to use federal troops if necessary to enforce school desegregation in a new show-down with Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace. Justice Department officials said they hoped the Alabama crisis could be resolved by local authorities but they made it clear that troops would be brought in if required to back up federal court orders. Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy and his aides were watching developments in Birmingham, where three public schools were scheduled to be integrated today before deciding on federal action. (...)
House Leaders Promise Speedy Action on Measure WASHINGTON (UPI) - Americans of every race and creed faced a challenge from President Johnson today to join in making the provisions of the newly passed civil rights bill "the customs of our land."
The president, on a speech making trip to the West Coast, issued a statement in SanFrancisco shortly after the Senate approved the controversial measure Friday Night, exactly a year after it was first requested by the late President John F. Kennedy. Johnson hailed the action as "a major step toward making equal opportunities for all Americans," and said that while no law can eliminate prejudice, the bill will go further "to invest the rights of man with the protection of law than any legislation in this century. " Looking forward to the day "which will not be long forthcoming," when he signs the bill into law, ...
Let's not go backwards America!
The History Cannel: Black History Month
Unpublished photos relating to Black History from the NY Times Archives