Upcoming 50th anniversary of JFK assassination
Friday, Nov. 22 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
"At the threshold of a new decade John F. Kennedy symbolized all that America hoped to be," he said. "Serving in World War II and standing firm as a cold warrior in the Senate, Kennedy came into the White House ready to ignite, as he said, that torch that 'has been passed to a new generation of Americans.' In his thousand days in office he confronted the Soviet Union over Berlin and Cuba and told Americans that civil rights was a moral, not a political issue, laying the foundation for future generations to remake America. As he prepared for his re-election in 1964 that youthful, progressive, charmingly witty, politically savvy version of the presidency came to a sudden halt on November 22, 1963.
"The assassination of John F. Kennedy had reverberations that irrevocably changed the nation in its wake. Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, John, Jr. saluting his father and Jackie dressed in black led by Bobby are all symbols that have been seared into the mythology of what actually happened those four days in November. Conspiracy theories and testaments to what the Kennedy years meant have been written by authors for the past fifty years. As we commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination it is particularly interesting to hear from all the people who have been affected by Kennedy's time in office, those who took his call for sacrifice and embraced it through public service or other professions. Fifty years later people are still invoking Kennedy's vision for America and consider how he would have handled the issues that have defined us since his murder at Dealey Plaza."
Goduti is also the author of two books, "Kennedy's Kitchen Cabinet and the Pursuit of Peace: The Shaping of American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963" and "Robert F. Kennedy and the Shaping of Civil Rights, 1960-1964."
To speak to Goduti, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).