One of the Biggest moments of the Kennedy administration was on June 25, 1962. James Meredith had applied to the University of Mississippi, had been rejected based on his skin color, and thus filed a complaint for racial discrimination in the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Fifth circuit ruled that the University should admit Meredith, but Governor Ross Barnett stated that he would physically stand in the way of integration. As a result, Kennedy sent 300 federal marshals to enforce the court's decision. There were riots on campus that yielded the deaths of 2 people , and many federal marshals sustained serious injuries. JFK then put the MNG (Mississippi National Guard) under federal jurisdiction and made sure that Meredith was admitted. In June of 1963, JFK took the same action versus George Wallace in the desegregation of the University of Alabama.
John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963. He was riding in a convertible down a street in Texas, when a man known as Lee Harvey Oswald Shot Kennedy in the head, Leaving the president severely wounded, and to die a short time later. Kennedy had a great impact on the Civil rights movement, and without his influence, things in our daily life could've ended up much differently.
After Kennedy's assassination, Vice president Lyndon B. Johnson was moved up to president of the united states. Johnson Passed the civil rights bill of 1964, and was committed to making an equal country, just like how JFK wanted.
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