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Thursday, June 23, 20056/23/2005Jun23200519Academic Theme CD: John F. Kennedy'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 "qualified Alabama residents who happened to have been born Negro." Kennedy addressed the issue of inequality in America, describing the nation'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's death.</p>
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<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