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For his contribution to the Kennedy Library, Mrs. John F. Kennedy thanks Attorney General Katzenbach who, as Deputy to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, escorted black students to enroll at the Universities of Mississippi and Alabama in 1962 and 1963, and was the architect of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
"Black-bordered Typed Letter Signed ?Jackie? with 29 word Autograph Postscript Signed ?J,? 1 page, 6.25? x 9?. [New York], April 26, 1965. Blind embossed with John F. Kennedy?s Coat of Arms and Crest at top center. To Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, Attorney General of the United States, Washington, D.C. Fine condition. With original postmarked black-bordered envelope bearing her printed free frank. In full, ?I have just been advised of the generous contribution received by the Kennedy Library representing the honorarium set aside for you by the University of Pittsburgh. How kind and thoughtful of you to do this -- and I want to thank you -- more than I can ever say. You well know how very much this Library meant to the President - - and what it now means to me. I shall not rest until it is the finest President?s Library ever built. I am deeply touched by all you are doing to perpetuate his memory and shall never forget your many kindnesses.? Handwritten postscript signed ?J,? in full ?and dear Nick ?" Thank you for the letter which you wrote me ?" Every day when I read about the things you are doing ?" I am so proud of you ?" J.? From Katzenbach?s Washington Post obituary which described Katzenbach as ?an unflappable lawyer who served as the Kennedy brothers? emissary to the South during the violent confrontations over racial segregation in the early 1960s and who later was an architect of landmark civil rights laws and Vietnam War policy under President Lyndon Johnson ... ?He wrote a key midnight brief during the Cuban missile crisis, challenged FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover over the wiretapping of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., conceived of the Warren Commission to investigate President John F. Kennedy?s assassination, and argued with some of the most powerful federal officials over how to extricate the country from the Vietnam War. ??Hey, Nick. Don?t worry if you get shot,? Robert Kennedy quipped as Mr. Katzenbach left Washington to oversee the enrollment of a black student, James Meredith, at the University of Mississippi in 1962. ?The president needs a moral issue.? When Meredith arrived at Ole Miss, the campus erupted in a race riot that lasted 15 hours and ended only after Mr. Katzenbach, who sent urgent communiques to Washington via collect calls from a campus pay phone, persuaded the Kennedys to send in 25,000 U.S. soldiers ... Meredith, who survived the riots in his guarded dormitory room, ultimately enrolled ... In June 1963, Mr. Katzenbach navigated a similarly explosive situation when segregationist Gov. George Wallace planted himself in the doorway of the University of Alabama to block two black students from registering. Rather than escorting the students to a dangerous and politically messy showdown ?" the Kennedys did not want to antagonize the South by arresting a sitting governor for defying court-ordered integration ?" Mr. Katzenbach approached Wallace alone in the searing Tuscaloosa heat. Mr. Katzenbach bent over the considerably shorter Alabama governor, who launched into a diatribe against the ?central government? within view of the assembled TV cameras. Wallace, who had presidential ambitions, got the national media attention he was seeking. But Mr. Katzenbach achieved his aim, too. The students were sent to their dormitories ?" Mr. Katzenbach had procured their room keys by telling university officials that Justice officials needed to do a security sweep ?" and registered without incident later that day.? When Robert F. Kennedy resigned as Attorney General to run for the U.S. Senate in 1964, he was succeeded by his Deputy Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach (1922-2012)."
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