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Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
Sound recording of a meeting held on May 25, 1963, between President John F. Kennedy and Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. They discuss European Defense and Canadian/European balance of payments issues. Soon after the meeting begins President Kennedy takes a 14-minute telephone call with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, during which President Kennedy is provided with a synopsis of the previous day’s meeting in New York between Attorney General Kennedy, Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin and other black leaders who met to discuss the present civil rights situation in Alabama. Please note that only the President’s side of the conversation can be heard in this recording. Meeting discussions resume after the telephone call. Three segments of the recording totaling 1 minutes and 51 seconds have been removed in accordance with Section 3.4 (b) (1), (3) of Executive Order 12958. This sound recording has been excerpted from Tape 89, which contains additional sound recording(s) preceding and following this one. See Related Records to access Tape 89 in its entirety.