John F. Kennedy's assassination
On November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in a presidential motorcade. Shortly after the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended and charged with the president's murder. Kennedy's assassination threatened to slow the growing momentum of the Civil Rights movement. While the first years of his presidency were largely overshadowed by the Cold War, President Kennedy publicly committed his administration to the cause of racial equality in the summer of 1963 when he proposed a Civil Rights bill to Congress and offered his endorsement to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Kennedy's successor, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- March on Milwaukee: Civil Rights History Project (Golda Meir Library (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries))
- Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century (Lyndon Baines Johnson Library)
- WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection (Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection)
- WSB-TV newsfilm clip of an interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. following the assassination of president John F. Kennedy in Atlanta, Georgia, 1963 November 22 (News)
- WSB-TV newsfilm clip of leaders of the Atlanta Summit Leadership Conference speaking to reporters at a press conference held in Atlanta Georgia, 1963 November 24 (News)