Remembering JFK

Senator John F. Kennedy receives an honorary degree from Laurence J. McGinley, SJ, president of Fordham, at the Fordham Law Association luncheon on Feb. 15, 1958.

Senator John F. Kennedy receives an honorary degree from Laurence J. McGinley, SJ, president of Fordham, at the Fordham Law Association luncheon on Feb. 15, 1958.

Fifty years ago today President John F. Kennedy was killed, a national tragedy that devastated the American people. As the nation’s first Catholic to be elected president, this was an especially hard blow for his fellow Catholics, who would go on to remember him as a peacemaker and a catalyst for social change.

Many media outlets have publicized the anniversary of JFK’s death, but a number of Jesuit resources have also come to light.

Click here to read the editorial that America magazine published ten days after the president’s death.

Click here to listen to Fordham University history professor Michael Latham talk about President Kennedy’s legacy.

Below is a video of President Kennedy’s speech during Boston College’s centennial celebration.

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