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“…the presence of Alabama National Guardsmen was required on the University of Alabama campus to carry out the final and unequivocal order of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama.  That order called for the admission of two clearly qualified young Alabama residents who happened to have been born Negro.”

Draft of the President John F. Kennedy’s civil rights speech on June 11, 1963, written by Theodore S. Sorensen with notes by Robert F. Kennedy, following Alabama Governor George Wallace’s refusal to admit two African American applicants to the University of Alabama, James Hood and Vivian Malone Jones.

Click to see the full draft as well as the final speech, which was delivered by the President nationwide on radio and television.    

(via wrightbryan3)

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