Thursday, March 07, 2013

Forging a Path to Tolerance

Daughter of segregationist forges path to tolerance
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - March 6, 2013 - Back in 1965, Bill Plante covered the civil rights movement for CBS News. Now Bill has brought a new story that has roots in that era -- about a father's legacy of racial hatred, and a daughter's personal march toward redemption.

"Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever," Alabama Governor George Wallace once said at his inauguration in 1963.

Wallace personified racist defiance of civil rights. Six months later, he blocked the doors of the University of Alabama to prevent integration.

His daughter Peggy was 13 at the time. "The problems and the challenges that came with being the daughter of the governor who stood in the schoolhouse door to block two African Americans from going to school was very, very difficult," she said now. read more>>>

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