I will always remember where I was when I heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot. I was at Robert A. Millikan Junior High in the San Fernando Valley, in Senior Girls’ Glee Club, when Mr. Burrill’s voice came over the speakers in our classrooms. Miss Gray, our teacher, fainted. We were all stunned. The day was a blur of tears and worried students and teachers having conversations about what would happen to our country. Would the Soviet Union take advantage of this opportunity to attack us? (Remember, this was still during the Cold War.) As this day approaches, it seems the perfect time to share sites that are commemorating this important date in our country’s history.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has posted JFK 50: Celebrate the past to awaken the future on their website. There is a video introduction and links to downloads and resources to community photo galleries, links to digital archives, PBS & NPR programming, the National Civil Rights Museum, and much more!
iTunesU and University of Virginia’s Professor Larry Sabato have created a free online course “The Kennedy Half Century,” which is available through the iTunes U app or the iTunes Store. Read the pdf here.
I hope that you'll consider watching a program on television/TED talks/YouTube, reading from the above websites, or listening to NPR or other special programs on this 50th anniversary.