United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

1963 – A Fifty-year Retrospective

November 12, 2013

1963 – The year began with George C. Wallace, the newly installed  governor of Alabama proclaiming: segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever! and yet just half a year later,  Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of at least 250,000, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Join us for a reflection on the 50th anniversary of 1963 – the major milestones of that tumultuous year and their significance then and now, in our country’s continued quest for civil rights.

Our guest speaker will be the Hon. Thelton Henderson. In 1962, Henderson became the Justice Department's first African-American lawyer in the Civil Rights Division. He was sent to the South to monitor local law enforcement for civil rights abuses, and investigated the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing which killed four girls. In this capacity he became acquainted with Martin Luther King and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Join us as Judge Henderson shares his unique perspectives with us, in a conversation with the Hon. William Alsup.  

The program will be on November 12, 2013 from 4:30-6:00, reception to follow.
Milton Marks Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Avenue
RSVP to HistoricalSociety@cand.uscourts.gov to reserve your spot.