"It is an intolerable situation, that there is no argument about.”
President Kennedy comments on the shock of this photograph at several points during a May 1963 meeting and states with frustration, “I mean what law can you pass to do anything about police power in the community of Birmingham?”
Walter Lee Fowlkes, the subject of this press photograph by Bill Hudson of a police dog lunging at a civil rights protester in Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on February 13th.
Listen to President Kennedy’s secretly recorded tape from this meeting here: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKPOF-MTG-085-002.aspx
(Photo by Billy Hudson/Associated Press)