George C. Wallace 1919-1998
George Corley Wallace was born in Clio, Alabama. He died in
Wallace was not a fan of racial
integration, in fact, he rallied against it as hard as he could.
University of Alabama
(UA) at Tuscaloosa provides us with the following tidbit:
1956 = UA's first African-American
student, Autherine J. Lucy, was admitted. On February 3,
1956, she attended her first class and was expelled three days
later "for her own safety" in response to threats from a mob.
And here is Governor Wallace's Inaugural
Address, also known as his
Segregation Today, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever
speech, which he delivered on January 14, 1963.
Then some action on June 11, 1963:
Vivian J. Malone and
James A. Hood, two young African-Americans,
came to register at the University of Alabama.
George C. Wallace placed himself in the
door-way and read his statement, also known as
Wallace's School House Door Speech.
John F. Kennedy
took care of it with the swiftness. He ordered the Alabama National
Guard to get the obstacle out of the university entrance, and then
followed up with his
Civil Rights Address.
Was the door block incident hard to top?
Not for Wallace. On July 4, 1964, he let loose another
good one, this
time at Atlanta, Georgia. Here is his speech
The Civil Rights Act: A Hoax.
Here you can read the
Rights Act of 1964.
And here is more about
President Lyndon B. Johnson,
who became president upon JFK's assassination in November 1963.
Wallace was once more elected governor
of Alabama in 1970. His next goal on the list was the presidency.
ATTEMPTS ON GEORGE C. WALLACE
On May 15, 1972, while campaigning for the Democratic presidential
nomination in Laurel, Maryland, Wallace was greeting supporters held
in line by a rope. From the book Just 2 Seconds, the bible
for protectors by Gavin de Becker, we learn:
Arthur Bremer opened fire with a .38
revolver. Wallace was wounded four times, along with Secret
Service Agent Nick Zarvos and Alabama State Police Captain
Dothard, who were both on his security detail.
arrested, convicted, and served 35 years in prison.
The four shots fired by Arthur Bremer,
21-years-old at the time, left Wallace paralyzed from the waist
Assassinations in History.