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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

50 Years After JFK's Assasination, Remembering the President and His Legacy

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 11:21 AM

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"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." -John F. Kennedy

Friday will mark 50 years since John F. Kennedy stepped into a convertible in Dallas, TX, and left the world too soon. The ripple of that day reverberating through the years to arrive at the present. Although many commemorative events, new segments, and public service projects have already commenced in his honor, here are a few ways to remember, or learn more, about JFK:

The John F. Kennedy Library has put together a video on various stories of how JFK's legacy lives on through the arts, civil rights, culture, education, public service, and space -- told by everyone from a young girl named after the president to the inaugural poet for President Obama, Richard Blanco. For those who feel JFK has had a direct impact on your life, you can also submit your story to the project.

The library also provides a glimpse at various condolence letters to Mrs. Kennedy, and oral history clips from journalists -- Walter Cronkite, Dan Rathers, and Sid Davis -- and others closest to the events that unfolded that day.

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"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." -JFK

Here's a TV guide to how various stations will remember JFK on Nov. 22:

JFK 50th Anniversary Special, NBC, 8 p.m.

Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary, MSNBC 7 p.m.

Pier Morgan Live Special: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, CNN, 9 p.m.

Tom Brokaw also shares some insight into the day of the assassination on this clip from Meet the Press.

The swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson as president - JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
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"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."


Also, you can check out our archive of stories on Kennedy:

Whodunit: SFSU Professor Joseph McBride Finds a New Angle on the JFK Assassination

"Parkland": JFK's Last Day, As Seen by the Little People

Recent Acquisitions: John F. Kennedy and the Holy Grail of PEZ Dispensers

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"The stories of past courage can define that ingredient-they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." -JFK

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF, Mollie at @MollieM10, and like us on Facebook.

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