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Timing of the Walker shooting?

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Has anyone ever thought about the timing of the attempted Walker shooting?

Was April of 1963 significant in Walker's life for some reason?

Was April 10th before or after the Congress of Freedom meeting in New Orleans?

In the Lancer Forum, Gil Jesus said that the Congress of Freedom meeting was April 4 - 6.


I wonder if something happened at that meeting that put Walker at odds with someone - maybe some kind of power struggle?

Steve Thomas

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Walker was a leader of the segregationists violently opposed to the upcoming Civil Rights bill of 1963. Part of the segregationists 'platform' was to deny blacks the vote.

On March 30 1963 Kennedy issued a very significant Executive Order. The findings were to be delivered no later than Nov 30th.


WHEREAS less than sixty-five percent of the United States population of voting age cast ballots for Presidential electors in 1960; and

WHEREAS popular participation in Government through elections is essential to a democratic form of Government; and

WHEREAS the causes of nonvoting are not fully understood and more effective corrective action will be possible on the basis of a better understanding of the causes of the failure of many citizens to register and vote:

NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, it is ordered as follows:

SECTION 1. (a). There is hereby established the President's Commission on Registration and Voting Participation (hereinafter referred to as the Commission).

( b ) The Commission shall be composed of not more than eleven members, each of whom shall be appointed by the President. One of the members of the Commission shall be designated by the President as the Chairman thereof.

SEC. 2. The Commission shall:

(a) Study the reasons for the failure of many citizens to register and vote in elections for selection of Members of Congress, the President, and Vice President including:

(1) Laws which restrict registration and voting on the basis of residence, economic status, or other reasons,

(2) Procedures for registration of voters,

(3) Absentee voting provisions, and

(4) Causes of nonvoting by persons who are otherwise qualified to vote.

( b ) Prepare and present to the President recommendations for increasing citizen participation in Government through the exercise of the right to vote.


SEC. 8. The Commission in its discretion may transmit to the President such preliminary or interim report or reports as it may deem appropriate. It shall transmit its principal study and recommendations to the President not later than November 30, 1963, together with such supporting materials as it deems appropriate. The Commission shall terminate not later than sixty days after the submission of its principal report to the President.



March 30, 1963.

This is a serious challenge to the power base of the segregationists leaders. The result of a universal vote, backed by the kind of intent shown by the Kennedys in putting down the Oxford Insurrection led by Walker, would overturn centuries old power structures. The removal of Kennedy from office moved into top gear.

Edited by John Dolva
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