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The Kennedy Legacy
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
When John F. Kennedy was elected on November 8, 1960, my parents told me it was the most special birthday present I could receive. Although that was impossible to imagine at my young age, as I grew up it was apparent that indeed, that election would have a tremendous impact on the history of our country, the world, and on my life work.
Few could have imagined the changes that were part of the energetic administration. Kennedy would usher in a new spirit of engagement in the United States. Some of our most dramatic achievements were born – the space program, Peace Corps, a promise to end racial discrimination.
Today, on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inaugural address, his memorable words are spoken again. “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government has created a moving and informative look at the president and his legacy. And a comprehensive multi-media history of the president and his accomplishments can be found at http://www.jfk50.org/
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