Condolence letter to Jacqueline Kennedy from Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr.
Today at 1:30 p.m., we invite you to join a special live webcast of a musical tribute in honor of the memory of President Kennedy at www.jfklibrary.org.
Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor, saxophonist Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Sextext, and the United States Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will perform musical selections including two from the President’s State Funeral.
They will be joined by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; Elaine Jones, director-counsel emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy, Richard Blanco, poet for the 2013 U.S. presidential inauguration; and Sarah Groustra, an 8th grade student from the Edward Devotion School that JFK attended as a child, who will all read excerpts from a selection of President Kennedy’s most historic speeches.
The ceremony will include a moment of silence at 2 p.m., the time that the President’s death was announced to the nation.
In an effort to allow anyone in the world to join this remembrance, this event will be exclusively for an online audience. There will be no physical audience during these performances – simply the backdrop of the sea that the President loved so dearly as the ceremony is webcasted live at www.jfklibrary.org.
Condolence letter to Jacqueline Kennedy from Myrlie Evers Williams, widow of the assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
Mrs. Kennedy received over 1.5 million letters of condolence from around the world. Among them were messages from Duke Ellington, Indira Gandhi, Cary Grant, Nikita Khrushchev, General Douglas MacArthur, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ezra Pound, and Marie Tippit (widow of police officer JD Tippit, who was also killed by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963).
The Riderless Horse
On November 25, 1963, during President Kennedy’s funeral procession, a magnificent black gelding, with an empty saddle, saber, and boots reversed in the stirrups, followed the caisson bearing the President’s coffin. The riderless horse is one of the highest military honors bestowed upon the fallen. Black Jack, the horse used during JFK’s funeral procession, was from the Army’s oldest active infantry unit, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard. He alone defied the strict military discipline of the day with his rowdy behavior: prancing, throwing his head, and dancing around his walker.
After the funeral, Mrs. Kennedy, an avid horsewoman, expressed an interest in Black Jack. Within hours, the horse’s saddle and blanket, and the boots and saber were delivered to her at the White House.
-from the JFK Library
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963
The JFK Library is observing the 50th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy both online and through a special program, “A Nation Remembers: A Tribute to President John F. Kennedy.”
Image: President Kennedy reaches out to the crowd gathered at the Hotel Texas Parking Lot Rally in Fort Worth, Texas. November 22, 1963. Cecil Stoughton, White House Photographs.
-from the JFK Library
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
-John F. Kennedy
Share your stories about JFK at An Idea Lives On from the JFK Library
JFK and the Green Berets
On October 12, 1961 President Kennedy visited Fort Bragg and the US Army Special Warfare Center, home of Army Special Forces. In the course of his meeting with Brigadier General William P. Yarborough, the President commented on their hats: “Those are nice. How do you like the Green Beret?” General Yarborough replied, “They’re fine, Sir. We’ve wanted them a long time.”
Soon after, the President authorized the “Green Beret” as the official headgear for all US Army Special Forces and these Unconventional Warriors were thereafter and ever known as “The Green Berets.”
Read more about President Kennedy and the Green Berets on the Kennedy Library Website.
"Again my thanks, my pledge and my passionate hope that your words may become history. And I believe they will!"
— John Steinbeck to JFK
A letter from author John Steinbeck to President Kennedy, thanking him for his dedication to the arts.
(From the White House Central Subject Files, Box 711, Folder: PP 6-1 Entertainers)