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Peggy Wallace Kennedy to Open Doors, Not Block Them, at Sunday's Bridge Crossing Jubilee

by: countrycat

Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 14:10:35 PM CST

Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of former Alabama Governor George Wallace, will introduce Attorney General Eric Holder in Selma this Sunday at the Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

Ms. Kennedy publicly supported President Obama last fall:

Healing must come, hope will be our lodestar, humility will reshape the American conscience, and honesty in both word and deed will refresh and invigorate America, and having Barack Obama to lead will give us back our power to heal."

Ms. Kennedy was invited by Congressman (and Gubernatorial candidate) Artur Davis

countrycat :: Peggy Wallace Kennedy to Open Doors, Not Block Them, at Sunday's Bridge Crossing Jubilee

I'm not surprised by her rather progressive views.  Kennedy's husband, former Alabama Supreme Court Justice, Mark Kennedy, was one of Karl Rove's early victims:

In Alabama, he tried to destroy the reputation of Supreme Court Justice Mark Kennedy by using the University of Alabama Law School to spread rumors that Kennedy (who had been photographed holding hands with children in a group he had helped) was a pedophile. Kennedy’s opponent was a Rove client.

But, what great visuals and what great press for Alabama.

"This should be a remarkably moving event for those of us who grew up in Alabama," said U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, who extended the invitation to Kennedy.

"Jubilee at its best is about redemption and reconciliation" Davis said. "I can't think of a more redemptive moment in the state's history than having the daughter of George Wallace introduce the nation's first African-American attorney general."

 Change is slow, but change is coming.  Even to Alabama.

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How ironic (4.00 / 1)

That Peggy Wallace's husband was a victim of Rove's underhanded tricks.  I've always thought that Karl Rove was a student of George Wallace's political dirty tricks -- even if at a distance.

Seems to me that Peggy Wallace Kennedy is an apple that fell some little distance from the tree. 

Work harder and work smarter!

I'd say it rolled a little bit. (4.00 / 1)

But remember too, that George Wallace recanted his evil ways, and in his final campaign, got a lot of black voter support.  Of course, his opponent was Emory Folmar...

As Peggy says:

As his daughter, who witnessed his suffering in the twilight of his years and who witnessed his deeds and heard his words, I am one who believes that the man who, on March 7, 1965, listened to the reports of brutality as they streamed into the Governor's Mansion from Selma, Alabama, was not the same man who, in March of 1995, was welcomed with open arms as he was rolled through a sea of African-American men, women and children who gathered with him to welcome another generation of marchers, retracing in honor and remembrance the historic steps from Selma to Montgomery.

Maybe there really is such a thing as redemption.  And maybe, just maybe, reconcilation is a real possibility. 


"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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Many forgave Wallace (4.00 / 1)
And he probably was truly repentant.  I didn't live here in the 60's and was absolutely astounded to find George Wallace on the ballot the first time I voted for a governor in this state ... and support from black voters put him over the top.  Honestly, I wondered if I should just quit the high tech job and move back to Oklahoma right then and there.

Work harder and work smarter!

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It was the first time I VOTED! (4.00 / 1)
And I never forgave Emory Folmar for making me cast my first vote EVER for George Wallace.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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We lived next door to George Wallace for 10 years. (4.00 / 2)
We built first. He was in office part of the time. The person he spent the most time with was Eddie, his valet. We didn't know Eddie was a convicted murderer. He came over for a couple of beers every now and then. Wallace repented his deeds over the years. Mark Kennedy turned out to be a good Supreme Court Justice despite the fact that he was appointed to office by his father-in-law, George Wallace.

I've heard Wallace played political hardball (4.00 / 1)
The real, people may get hurt, kind of hardball back in the 60's and 70's.  Is that truth or exaggeration, as far as you know?

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
Nothing but the truth. (4.00 / 2)
I heard his bagman was his brother, Gerald Wallace. I believe that he and his brother were in it together. They played hard even after Wallace was shot. He remembered people's names until the end.

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