JFK tried to halt ’63 march


On Aug. 28, 1963, the day of the march, the civil rights leaders who met with JFK included (from left to right): Dr. Martin Luther King, John Lews, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, the head of the American Jewish Congress, and A. Philip Randolph, leader of the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

President Kennedy was hesitant to embrace the civil rights movement.

When the Kennedy administration learned of plans for what would become a historic march on Washington, “its first response was to pressure black leaders into canceling,” the BBC reports. Continue reading