AR7969-E President Kennedy addresses the nation on Civil Rights, 11 June 1963, from the Oval Office of the White House.

JFK's Wisdom for Graduates

From: The Boston Globe
By Ambassador Nicholas Burns, May 12, 2013

In a season of commencement speeches, those trying to impart a measure of wisdom to college grads would do well to consult President John F. Kennedy’s American University speech, given 50 years ago next month.

Sebelius: Bring mental illness out of the shadows

From: USA Today
By Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, February 4, 2013

President Obama is following the lead of John F. Kennedy 50 years ago on improving access to mental health care.

Schools are more segregated today than during the late 1960s

From: The Atlantic
By Emily Richmond, June 11, 2012

Housing patterns, not laws, are causing today's crisis. But John F. Kennedy's critique of American education still rings dismally true.

Images of Icons of Justice

From: Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
By Justin P. O'Brien, May 28, 2012
Nicholas Katzenbach, deputy attorney general under President Kennedy, died May 8 at age 90. Katzenbach is perhaps best remembered for an image recorded on June 11, 1963, when as deputy attorney general, he confronted Gov. Wallace at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Sebelius quotes Kennedy: No religious test

From: Politico
By Jennifer Habekorn, May 18, 2012
HS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday cited John F. Kennedy's vision of America, "where no religious body" imposes its will on public officials.

What JFK can teach Obama about dealing with Iran

By Tim Naftali, March 13, 2012

President Obama's "I don't bluff" statement last week on the Iran nuclear issue recalled a similar situation a half-century ago when John F. Kennedy faced his first foreign policy crisis in the landlocked Southeast Asian country of Laos, where communist guerrillas supported by the Soviet Union, North Vietnam, and China threatened to overrun a U.S. ally.

Opinion: Dredging up an ugly religious division

From: Politico
By Alan Brinkley, March 8, 2012
Kennedy's statements about his faith, and his careful efforts to keep religion out of government, were an important step forward for American Catholics and, indeed, for all Americans.

JFK tapes offer lesson in income inequality

From: The Boston Globe
By Tom Putnam, January 24, 2012
As questions about growing social inequity increasingly dominate our current political dialogue, it may be instructive to look back at how these issues played out a half century ago. Having witnessed the country survive the Great Depression and World War II, JFK understood the economic and military vulnerabilities of democratic capitalism.