'We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities.' -- John F. Kennedy
President Kennedy meets the leaders of the civil rights movement
Civil Rights During the Kennedy Administration
Civil Rights: JFK in '61
John F. Kennedy's Civil Rights Quandary By Robert Dallek
American Experience: The Kennedys and Civil Rights
On May 4, 1963, President Kennedy discussed this "New York Times"
photo that showed the attack of a 17-year-old civil rights demonstrator in Birmingham, Ala.
As he met in the White House with members of a liberal political group, he fumed when one of them mentioned the Associated Press photo splashed above the fold of that day's New York Times. The now-iconic photograph showed a police dog attacking a black teenager in Birmingham, Ala. (Audio: 1963 JFK tapes)
Additional JFK Lancer Links
A brief biography of President Kennedy
Bay of Pigs
Cuban Missile Crisis
"Kennedy Takes Oath as President" from the Washington Post '61
Mark Sobel: Our Stewardship of JFK's Greatest Speeches