The University of Alabama was desegregated. Ed Kilgore has a good post,
“But that evening, having won this important battle, John F. Kennedy surprised his own staff by requesting network television time, and made the speech that forever identified the 35th president of the with the civil rights movement.”
Education leaders are so freaked out these days about educating a STEM workforce adequately and worrying about whether MOOCs will put them out of business that they don’t often talk about the social justice mission of education, the guiding ethos of most of my (mostly public) schooling in the 60s and 70s.
U.S. News has a rundown as well, with historical reporting and opinion, a fascinating time capsule.