Nearly 54 years ago, on September 2nd 1963, Alabama Governor George Wallace issued an executive order to forcibly halt federally-mandated public school integration. State troopers encircled Tuskegee High School, and the school was shut down completely for a week until five federal judges ordered the state to reopen it. Today, we look back at three stories that look at different aspects of race and civil rights in America.
Sit-ins: The new approach to desegregation — Illinois Public Media
During a speech on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Rev. Charles Jones spoke about the usefulness of sit-ins as a method of improving civil rights, including his own involvement with a sit-in started by Chapel Hill High School students. Even though this was a new approach for desegregation, it was not a new form of protest. Listen.