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Two Southern Governors were mentioned in speeches at the March on Washington.
 
In his speech just prior to MLK’s, Roy Wilkins said, in part, “My friends, we are here today because we want the Congress of the United States to hear from us in person what many of us have been telling our public officials back home. That is, we want freedom now. We came here to petition our law makers to be as brave as our citizens and our marchers. To be as daring as James Meredith. To be as unafraid as the nine children of Little Rock. To be as forthright as the governor of North Carolina.”
 
That was Terry Sanford.
 
King said: “I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of ‘interposition’ and ‘nullification,’ one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!”
 
Those dripping lips were, of course, George Wallace’s.
 
One wonders: What would be said today about North Carolina’s governor?
 
(My thanks to Harrison Hickman for the historical reminder.)

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2 comments on “50 Years Ago Today…

  1. Choo says:

    I was a Senate Page when Terry Sanford was gov. He had a daughter who worked as a page, seems her name was Betsy. I often wondered if there would be a place for Terry Sanford in todays Socialist Democratic Party. I also wonder the same of John F. Kennedy.

  2. Choo says:

    Wonder what 50 years from today be like, in fact wonder what 20 years from today will be like. Obama really does a lot to bring the races together. There is more liberal guilt today than almost anytime I can remember. I think I will try and write down all the things this President has done to bring about racial harmony. He may have failed economically, but at least this has been a great success.

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