Re: With Sam Wallace at the Fox Theater '56 and more...

Wed May 25, 2016 1:27 am

This picture with Alabama governor George Wallace has always made me a little uneasy. Wallace was famous for saying "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." When he ran for governor in 1970, he circulated an ad showing a white girl surrounded by seven black boys, with the slogan "Wake Up Alabama! Blacks vow to take over Alabama!"

I know Elvis was just being gracious and not endorsing Wallace or his positions. Still I'm waiting for someone to use this picture against him regarding the absurd "Elvis was a racist" rumor.
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Re: With Sam Wallace at the Fox Theater '56 and more...

Wed May 25, 2016 3:37 am

Hobbes wrote:This picture with Alabama governor George Wallace has always made me a little uneasy. Wallace was famous for saying "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." When he ran for governor in 1970, he circulated an ad showing a white girl surrounded by seven black boys, with the slogan "Wake Up Alabama! Blacks vow to take over Alabama!"

I know Elvis was just being gracious and not endorsing Wallace or his positions. Still I'm waiting for someone to use this picture against him regarding the absurd "Elvis was a racist" rumor.

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Of course, Elvis could not turn away the state's governor and his family, so he was gracious. Ironically, after George Wallace's mysterious shooting during the 1972 presidential election, and into his final years, he changed his segregationist attitudes and asked for forgiveness.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wallace#Final_years

Re: Sam Wallace Kickstarts Elvis Presley - Feb 17 2016

Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:49 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
MikeFromHolland wrote:Thanks again for the extra information, Doc!

Always nice to find and share articles or blogs from relatives of people who met Elvis and have their own personal stories. Especially when they show unknown pics. The guy is extremely proud of his grandpa. And his dad thickens the story a bit. Though not factual correct, it's so heartwarming.


Is Bill Wallace related in any way?

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That's a photo of Elvis with Alabama governor George Wallace, taken before the show in Montgomery on 3-06-1974.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wallace

He is no relation. Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, karate expert, is also not related.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Wallace_(martial_artist)




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I just read an incredible article about Elvis supposedly supporting this George Wallace in 1968(!). The article is from "Amigoe di Curacao", a weekly newspaper from the CuraƧaosch Isles. The article is dated October 25, 1968, and might have added to the "Elvis is a racist" imago among black people. Not this article of course, but the rumors he was supporting George Wallace, who was the American Independent Party candidate in the 1968 presidential election.

Wallace is remembered for his Southern neo-dixiecrat and pro-segregation "Jim Crow" positions during the mid-20th century period of the Civil Rights Movement, declaring in his 1963 Inaugural Address that he stood for "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever," and standing in front of the entrance of the University of Alabama in an attempt to stop the enrollment of black students

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wallace


Now the article:

1968 10 25 - Amigoe di Curacao.png


Freely translated:

Elvis Presley, the man who became millionaire by imitating negro music, is one of the financial supporters of president candidate George Wallace. We believe that we don't have to say any more. Only that we hope that you all know, what you don't have to do when one of his movies is shown here, and what you shouldn't buy at the record store. You just have to support your soul brothers in the U.S.

Wow. Just wow.

How did these rumors of Elvis supporting Wallace in 1968 came about?




Source: http://www.delpher.nl/nl/kranten/view?query=elvis+presley&page=41&coll=ddd&identifier=ddd%3A010463655%3Ampeg21%3Aa0158&resultsidentifier=ddd%3A010463655%3Ampeg21%3Aa0158
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