Reel

Alabama Story: Negroes Enrolled As Governor Yields

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Audio:
Location:
362184_1_1
Yes
United States
Year Shot:
Video:
Timecode:
1963  (Actual Year)
B/W
00:00:18 - 00:02:51
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Original Film:
HD:
1712
036-049-01
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Some damage to the tape. The University of Alabama campus is under tight security guard as Governor George Wallace confronts a deputy US Attorney. The Federal officers are armed with a proclamation urging the Governor to end his efforts to prevent two Negro students from registering. He stands firm and President Kennedy federalizes the National Guard. When they move in, the Governor bows to Presidential authority and James Hood and Vivian Malone (Vivian Malone Jones) become the first two Negroes to be registered at the University. That night the President appealed to the Nation, saying the United States is facing a 'moral crisis' and that it is the duty of all to uphold the law. Tuscaloosa, Alabama Outside shot of the University of Alabama. MS - Governor George Wallace standing out side the doors of the building. CUS - Police holding billy clubs. MS - Brigadier General Henry Graham goes up to Governor Wallace and asks him to step aside from orders of President Kennedy. MS - James Hood walks into the college escorted by a few government men become the first negro student entering the University of Alabama, MS - Following James Hood into University of Alabama is Vivian Malone second negro student to enter the college and register. Washington DC - Excerpts from Report to the American People on Civil Rights. June 11th, 1963. CUS - President Kennedy making an appeal to the nation. "Fires of frustration and discord are burning in every city, North and South. Where legal remedies are not at hand, regress is sought in the streets, in demonstrations, parades and protest which create tensions and threaten violence and threaten lives. We face therefore a moral crisis as a country and a people. We have the right to expect that the Negro community will be responsible to uphold the law. But they have the right to expect that the law will be fair. That the Constitution will be color blind as Justice Harlan said at the turn of the century. This is what we are talking about and this is a matter which concerns this country and what it stands for, and in meeting it I ask the support of all our citizens. Thank you very much."