...In Birmingham they love the governor
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth...

~ Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama Second Helping 1974

Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1967 blocks a deputy U.S. attorney's attempt to allow two black students to pass and enroll at the University of Alabama.

Source(s): Voices of Civil Rights "The History: Photo Gallery".
                Library of Congress U.S. News & World Report Magazine Collection, Prints and Photographs Division (174A)
                Digital ID # ppmsca 04294 Warren K. Leffler, photographer.( photo on right )

Governor George C. Wallace Quotes


"It is very appropriate that from this cradle of the Confederacy, this very heart of the great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum for freedom as have our generations of forebears before us time and again down through history. Let us rise to the call for freedom-loving blood that is in us and send our answer to the tyranny that clanks its chains upon the South. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."

~ 1963 ( from his inaugural speech, first term as governor )


"A racist is one who despises someone because of his color, and an Alabama segregationist is one who conscientiously believes that it is in the best interest of Negro and white to have a separate education and social order."

~ 1964 ( from "U.S. News & World Report" )


"...Yes, they've looked down their nose at you and me a long time. They've called us rednecks -- the Republicans and the Democrats. Well, we're going to show, there sure are a lot of rednecks in this country."

1968 ( while running as a third-party candidate )

Southern man
better keep your head
Don't forget
what your good book said
Southern change
gonna come at last...

Neil Young - Southern Man After The Goldrush 1970

"And whether or not you've agreed with me at everything that I used to do, and agreed to -- I know that you do not -- I, too, see the mistakes that all of us made in years past."

1982 ( addressing black congregation, beginning his steps toward seeking forgiveness )

"I did stand, with a majority of the white people, for the separation of the schools. But that was wrong, and that will never come back again."

1982 ( to a Birmingham meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference )

"I don't expect people to forget my brash words or deeds. But I ask that they try to remember the actions that I took that were designed to help them."

Late '80s ( to Stephan Lesher )


Source:  The American Experience "George Wallace: Settin the Woods on Fire" / Wallace Quotes.

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