Remarks at Amherst College, October 26, 1963


Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an honorary degree, 26 October 1963
26 October 1963
Audio recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address during a ceremony at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. In his speech President Kennedy explains the importance of public service from educated citizens, and describes the role of an artist in society, noting Frost’s contributions to American arts, culture, and ideology. The President discusses the nature of strength and power, famously stating, “When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.”
Running time: 14:30 minutes
Public Domain
1 audio tape/reel (15 minutes)
Department of Defense. Defense Communications Agency. White House Communications Agency. (1962 - 06/25/1991)


Public domain