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Kennedy Sees Progress in Civil Rights

Sept. 6, 1961 - President Kennedy today called the peaceful integration of many schools in the South a "dramatic demonstration of progress in improving the position of American Negroes." Mr. Kennedy, in a statement, congratulated Little Rock, Dallas, and other communities in Arkansas, Texas, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee for having admitted Negroes to previously white schools without incident. He said the desegregation of schools had "given the world a convincing demonstration of the American people's respect for the law which is fundamental in the maintenance of our rights as free men and women."


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