Saturday, June 15, 2013
"NOTHING MORE POWERFUL THAN AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME"
On June 10, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled on the Loving versus Virginia case which abolished miscegenation laws in our country. (I always felt that the name LOVING was so ironically appropriate for the case!)
On June 10, 1964, the Southern filibuster of the Civil Rights Bill ended which paved the way for it to be enacted into law. I shall never forget the Republican Everett Dirksen quoting Victor Hugo: "There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." Thank goodness for those Southern Senators who demanded to insert "gender" into the bill, hoping to guarantee a defeat. The law proved to be a tremendous benefit for women and girls. Unfortunately, President Kennedy died before its enactment.
On June 10, 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 which benefited females.
On June 11, 1963, George Wallace made his infamous "Stand in the schoolhouse door" to deny entrance of James Hood and Vivian Malone into the University of Alabama. President Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard and the students entered.
That evening, President Kennedy gave what I consider to be his greatest speech where he told us that civil rights was "a moral issue as old as the Scriptures and as clear as the American Constitution."
On June 12, 1963, Medgar Evers was assassinated outside his home. It took 30 years to bring his killer to justice.
On June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment. I can recall a local John Bircher calling him a "Communist".
On June 13, 1964, Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to be a Supreme Court Justice.
A friend asked, "Do you ever stop campaigning?"