Peggy Wallace Kennedy: Standing Up
Governor Robert Bentley, Bernice King and Peggy Wallace Kennedy hold hands during a prayer at the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in March 2015 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.
Peggy Wallace Kennedy is the daughter of George Wallace, "the... Alabama governor and archvillain of the civil rights movement who stood in schoolhouse doors to block black students from enrolling and once declared, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." See John Blake's excellent article and interview with Mrs. Kennedy on CNN as well as her upcoming book, "The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter's Journey to Reconciliation." The following is a quote from that interview. From her lips to God's ears....
John Blake: A lot of the same racial tensions you grew up with are spreading across the country today. Are you worried about the future?
Peggy Wallace Johnson: I'm very optimistic about the future. I think Americans are going to stand up and not stand by anymore. They're going to stand shoulder to shoulder like they did in the civil rights movement and when they stand shoulder to shoulder they're going to face the challenges that lie ahead. America is about all of us, not just some of us.