American Folk Singer, Songwriter, and Activist Pete Seeger died on January 27, 2014 at the age of 94. Few remember that he attended Harvard at the same time as Politician, Senator, and President John F. Kennedy. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, Pete Seeger also had a string of hit records during the […]

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In a June 15, 1963 telegram, color barrier-breaking baseball legend Jackie Robinson urged to President John F. Kennedy “utilize every federal facility” to protect Martin Luther King Jr. “The world cannot afford to lose him to the whims of murderous maniacs,” Robinson said in the telegram. At the time, King was in Mississippi for the […]

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JFK‘s Response to Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream Speech: Overview: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. […]

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In a watershed moment for the American Civil Rights Movement, activist Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his monumental “I have a dream” speech on August 28, 1963. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Dr. King spoke to over two hundred thousand, rallying for racial equality and an end to discrimination. ENTIRE […]

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49 years ago, in April 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to organize and lead the “Birmingham Campaign.” The Birmingham campaign was a strategic movement organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to bring attention to the unequal treatment that black Americans endured in Birmingham, Alabama. The campaign ran during the spring of 1963, […]

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Three former Iowa Supreme Court justices who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in their state have been selected as recipients of the 2012 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced today. Former Iowa chief justice Marsha Ternus and former justices David Baker and Michael Streit joined a unanimous […]

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51 years ago today, John F. Kennedy and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, appointed Burke Marshall as Assistant Attorney General. He was given the daunting task of heading up the Civil Rights Division during the tumultuous 60s. According to the JFK Library, “Mr. Marshall played an integral role in the 1961 ban on segregation […]

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on what would have been his 83rd Birthday.

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