Words Count: @JohnFKennedy

A campaign by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

President Kennedy believed that words - both written and spoken - count: to inspire people, to earn votes, to set goals, to change minds, to move nations. Many of his speeches, written to confront the topics of the day in the early ’60s – civil rights, the environment, freedom of the press, gender equality, science, education, foreign relations, democracy – still hold relevance for our world today.

This section presents some of John F. Kennedy's most iconic speeches (you can view a broader selection of his pre-presidential speeches and presidential speeches in our Speeches section). For daily inspiration from President Kennedy, follow him on Twitter @JohnFKennedy.

Courtesy of Google, six of these speeches have been translated into 12 languages.