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John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights.

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Victor Fajardo

on 21 March 2015

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Transcript of John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights.

Thank you for your attention.
His campaign
During his campaign, John F. Kennedy
promised to support the civil rights if he was
elected president. At first, he was careful with
its actions, because he needed the support
of Southern senators to get some other
programs he wanted to pass. However,
Kennedy named about 40 African
Americans to high federal positions, and
appointed Thurgood Marshall to an Appeals
Court in New York.

The CEEO and The Justice Department
Once as a President, Kennedy set up the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity (CEEO) which purpose was to stop federal government from discrimination against African Americans when hiring Job. After that, he allowed the Justice Department, which was lead by his brother, Robert F. Kennedy. He supported the civil Rights Movement too.
The New Civil Rights Bill
Shortly after the protests in Birmingham, King was arrested. The violence incremented due to this. Kennedy was worried that the government was losing control, so e ordered his aides to prepare a new civil rights bill. Anyways, President Kennedy was killed in november 1963, and the new civil rights act had to be passed one year later by the president Johnson.
Problems with the Freedom Riders
The Freedom Riders were causing a lot of problems in the south. After they arrived to Mississippi, President Kennedy ordered they arrest. This caused a lot of African Americans to be frustrated with the President's actions.
Kennedy and the Meredith Case
In early 1961, African American James Meredith applied to the University of Mississippi. The university had avoided obeying the Supreme Court ruling that ended segregated education. He was blocked by the governor of the state. President Kennedy sent 500 marshals to escort Meredith, who, for the rest of the school year, attended to classes under federal guard.
John F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights.
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