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Thursday, June 23, 20056/23/2005Jun23200519Academic Theme CD: John F. Kennedy&#39;s Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil RightsOn June 11, 1963, President John Kennedy gave a report to the American people explaining the order he had given to the Alabama National Guard to supervise the integration of the University of Alabama and admit two &quot;qualified Alabama residents who happened to have been born Negro.&quot; Kennedy addressed the issue of inequality in America, describing the nation&#39;s moral choice on the question of whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities. Later that month, Kennedy sent a special message to Congress, calling for extensive civil rights legislation, but Congress did not act until 1964, after the president&#39;s death.</p> <p><a href="http://www.buffalostate.edu/documents/jfktext.pdf"> Download text of speech (PDF, 75KB)</a></p> <p>Speech taken from the <a href="http://www.buffalostate.edu/orientation/x624.xml">2005-2006 Buffalo State Academic Theme CD</a>.2005/06/20050623_1100_jfk.mp36/23/200500:13:228.30 MBAcademic1Historical10