• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT KENNEDY, MAKING HIS FIRST TOUR OF AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH SINCE THE RECENT RACIAL TROUBLE IN BIRMINGHAM AND OTHER CITIES, GOT A REPORTEDLY COOL RECEPTION WHEN HE MET ALABAMA'S STAUNCH SEGREGATIONIST GOVERNOR, MR GEORGE WALLACE, ON SATURDAY.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT KENNEDY, MAKING HIS FIRST TOUR OF AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH SINCE THE RECENT RACIAL TROUBLE IN BIRMINGHAM AND OTHER CITIES, GOT A REPORTEDLY COOL RECEPTION WHEN HE MET ALABAMA'S STAUNCH SEGREGATIONIST GOVERNOR, MR GEORGE WALLACE, ON SATURDAY.

    THE MEETING TOOK PLACE IN MUSCLE SHOALS, ALABAMA, WHERE PRESIDENT KENNEDY ARRIVED BY HELICOPTER FROM A VISIT TO NEIGHBOURING TENNESSEE.AFTER GREETING THE PRESIDENT, GOVERNOR WALLACE ACCOMPANIED HIM TO A CEREMONY MARKING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY.

    IN A SPEECH BEFORE A BIG CROWD, PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAID THAT FROM TIME TO TIME STATEMENTS WERE MADE LABELLING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT A STRANGER, AN INTRUDER AND AN ADVERSARY.

    "IN ANY FREE FEDERATION OF SATES, DIFFERENCES" HE SAID, "WILL ARISE, BUT THE PEOPLE OF THIS AREA KNOW THAT THE U.S.GOVERNMENT IS NOT A STRANGER AND NOT AN ENEMY."
    LATER, DURING A HELICOPTER RIDE TO HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND GOVERNOR WALLACE HAD A "NOT UNFRIENDLY" TALK ABOUT RACIAL PROBLEMS.

    A FEW HOURS BEFORE THEIR MEETING, GOVERNOR WALLACE HAD ASKED THE U.S.SUPREME COURT TO RULE THAT MR KENNEDY VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION BY SENDING FEDERAL TROOPS INTO ALABAMA LAST WEEK.THE PRESIDENT HAD ORDERED TROOPS TO BASES NEAR BIRMINGHAM AFTER A FIVE-WEEK CAMPAIGN FOR NEGRO RIGHTS ERUPTED IN RIOTS AND BOMB-THROWING.THE CITY IS NOW QUIET.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA310R414SYFZ6DCYTUOGMF2V9Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA310R414SYFZ6DCYTUOGMF2V9Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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