Kennedy's 1963 Civil Rights Address

Senator Sam J. Ervin, clenching fist at Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (top right) and Assistant Attorney General Burke Marshall (top left) during Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on civil rights legislation.

Washington, DC - President John F. Kennedy's televised address on civil rights was hailed as "the most important speech by a President on race relations since Reconstruction."   He asked Congress to strengthen voting rights, create job opportunities for Black people, and enforce school segregation.   Eight days later, the civil rights bill was sent to Congress