John F Kennedy Inaugural Address

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John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States has expressed various issues during his Inaugural Address in 1961 and one of it was about civil rights in the states. When John F. Kennedy became president in 1961, African Americans throughout most of the South were denied voting rights, barred from public facilities, subjected to insults and violence, and couldn’t expect justice from the courts. In the North, they are faced by discrimination in education, employment, housing, and many other areas. Therefore, the Civil Rights Movement have made essential progress to bring justice. One of the impacts was, John F. Kennedy pressured the Federal Government Organizations to employ more African Americans in America’s equivalent of Britain’s Civil Service. The FBI only employed 48 African Americans out of 13,649 and 48 were basically chauffeurs. In total, Kennedy appointed 40 to senior federal positions including five as federal judges. Kennedy created the Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity (CEEO). It was to ensure that everyone employed with the government had equal employment rights and it is also required all those firms that had contracts with the government to do so if they were to obtain further federal contracts. Next, Kennedy appointed his brother, Robert Kennedy as Attorney General which put him as the head of the Justice Department. They used law courts as a way of enforcing already passed civil rights legislation. No southern court could really argue
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