Governor Lurleen Wallace addressing a joint session of the legislature in the House chamber at the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
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DescriptionAlbert Brewer and Rankin Fite are seated behind her. Brewer was lieutenant governor (and therefore president of the Senate) from 1967 to 1968, and Fite was Speaker of the House from 1967 to 1971. The session was held to discuss the federal court order requiring statewide school desegregation. The governor had asked the legislators to give her the power to resist the order, so they met to consider her request. Educators and other witnesses offered testimony for and against the integration order. This image was taken for (but not used in) the article "U.S. Order 'Impossible,' Educators Say at Hearing" by Mary Ellen Gale, which appeared on page 1 of The Southern Courier for April 8-9, 1967. The issue is available online (not on the ADAH website): http://www.southerncourier.org/low-res/Vol3_No15_1967_04_08.pdf
1967 April 5
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