Monday, September 30, 2013

Democrat Governor Tried To Keep Segregation In Schools

Today in History Sept. 30, 1962: 

President John F. Kennedy ordered Mississippi officials to allow a black student, James Meredith, to enter the University of Mississippi. But Mississippi Governor  Ross Robert Barnett defied the federal government. "I shall do everything in my power to prevent integration in our schools," Barnett vowed. a States' Rights Democrat, as well as one of many Democrats who supported segregation.

He was held in contempt by the Department of Justice. The president ordered Mississippi officials to "cease and desist" obstructing justice, federalized the state's National Guard, and sent in U.S. Marshals to Mississippi to enforce his order

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