This is one country. It has become one country because all of us…had an equal chance to develop their talents.
We cannot say to 10 percent of the population that you can’t have that right…I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.
President John F Kennedy spoke these words on 11th June 1963, in what became known as the Civil Rights Address. He made the speech in response to the necessity to send in the U.S. National Guard to protect two African American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, who were trying to enrol at the University of Alabama.
In the Civil Rights Address, JFK implored Americans to help him to ensure equal treatment for African Americans in everyday life. He explained the economic, educational and moral impact of racial discrimination, using statistics to show the many ways in which African Americans were disadvantaged.
The speech was certainly an important milestone for the Civil Rights movement. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which JFK proposed, were enacted in July 1964 and ended segregation in public accommodation, the workplace and schools. It also ensured that African Americans’ right to vote was protected.
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