Tag: 1960s

John Doar – Bending Toward Justice

Barack Obama, John Michael Doar

John Doar died on November 1, 2014. He was 92 and, by all accounts, led a long and fulfilling life. When I heard the news, I made a note in my calendar so I would remember him each year. Too often, folks pass on and fade from memory. That’s doubly true for people we don’t

Martin Luther King: Letter from a Birmingham Jail


Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in response to eight white religious leaders who criticized him as an “extremist” and who urged patience and caution in the quest for civil rights. It is a powerful testament to King’s courage and faith and stands as one of the Civil Rights Movement. Letter from a Birmingham

President Kennedy’s Report to the American People on Civil Rights, June 11, 1963

In his speech President Kennedy responds to the threats of violence and obstruction on the University of Alabama campus following desegregation attempts, explaining that the United States was founded on the principle that all men are created equal. The President asks Congress to enact legislation protecting all Americans’ voting rights, legal standing, educational opportunities, and

 Years of Lightning, Day of Drums

Years of Lightning, Day of Drums

Years of Lightning, Day of Drums This rare filmed tribute to John F. Kennedy offers an inspiring view of the fallen president from the perspective of the mid-1960s. Produced by the United States Information Agency (USIA) and narrated by Gregory Peck, the program highlights the main achievements of JFK’s New Frontier: the Peace Corps, the

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