Nightly News   |  June 11, 2013

50 years ago, Alabama students made history

It has been five decades since Gov. George Wallace tried to block two students from attending the University of Alabama – that night, President John F. Kennedy promised to introduce comprehensive civil rights legislation. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

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>>> this is the 50th anniversary of a pivotal day in the history of civil rights in this country. starting in alabama, the governor blocking two african-american students from attending the university of alabama . that afternoon president kennedy federalized the alabama national guard to remove the governor. the students walked in and made history. the same night, kennedy took a stand of his own, in a speech to the nation, he promised to introduce comprehensive civil rights legislation. within hours, at half past midnight , another sign of how strong the opposition was. edgar was shot in the back, buried at arlington national cemetery with full military honors.