President John F. Kennedy marked a decided shift in U.S. policy when he embraced civil rights.
Kennedy, 50 years later
Fifty years ago today, the nation mourned the loss of its 45th president, murdered by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas’ Dealey plaza. It was the September 11th of the generation, a moment where every American would remember exactly where they were when they heard the news.
John F. Kennedy was only 46 years old and served less than three years of his term. He inspired a nation to reach for the moon, ushered a wave of young idealists around the world with the Peace Corps, and maneuvered a diplomatic solution to end the Cuban Missile Crisis. With his work still unfinished, questions remain: would Kennedy have escalated American troops into Vietnam? Would he still have been able to push the landmark civil rights legislation that eventually passed, in part, to honor his memory?
Contentious still are the conspiracy theories surrounding his death. Whether it be the mafia, the CIA, or Vice President Lyndon Johnson himself, plenty of fingers have been pointed. In an attempt to find the answer, the Warren Commission was established soon afterward. It concluded that the assassination was the result of a lone gunman: Lee Harvey Oswald.
Will Smith sir,
You are an amazing father, you continue to inspire and encourage people. Thank you, for proving that we don’t have to end up like our parents.