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Press Conference with US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (1963)
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1963 |
| English
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    When broadcast on television, silent footage would have voiceover by a news anchor
    U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy is referring to ex-Major General Edwin Walker. Kennedy committed Walker to a state mental facility for 90 days following his participation in the 1962 race riots in Oxford, Mississippi. Challenges from noted psychiatrist Thomas Szasz and the American Civil Liberties Union forced the Attorney General to back down. Walker spent only five days in the asylum. 
    Harvey Gantt was an African-American student who was denied admittance to Clemson College (now Clemson University) on the basis of race. He filed a lawsuit against the school and ultimately gained admittance in January 1963. 
    Kennedy authorized seven anti-crime laws in 1961 and 1962, which cracked down on illegal activities such as prostitution and gambling.
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