Happy Birthday, JFK !
Today is the 100th birthday of the late President John F. Kennedy, the youngest person ever to be elected US president.
No occupant of the Oval Office has ever been such a friend and proponent of the arts. In addition, he challenged us to go the Moon when even the aerospace community thought it was impossible; he founded the Peace Corps; he brought the world the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty when survival of the human race hung in the balance; he proposed the Civil Rights Act in a live address on TV and radio (it was passed after he was murdered); and he gave the world a youthful, energetic, vigorous, hopeful "anything is possible" spirit.
Once upon a time, there was a past that really looked like a hopeful future.
Yet Big Media has long profited from endless imagery and speculation into his death, with precious little that celebrates the accomplishments and legacy of his life.
Here's a short message from the executive director of the JFK Library Foundation.
May 29, 2017
Today we mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of our nation's 35th President, John F. Kennedy.
President Kennedy mobilized a generation to serve their country. He championed equality, advanced peace, celebrated the arts, and challenged us to work together to achieve the impossible. Together with Jacqueline Kennedy, he inspired millions of people around the world with his vision of a New Frontier.
As we take this moment to reflect on President Kennedy's legacy, we revisit history not for its own sake, but to find lessons and inspiration that can help us meet the challenges of our own time. Today we have an opportunity to make this more than a birthday landmark by recommitting ourselves to ideals and values that transcend time and place.
Please join me in honoring President Kennedy by signing his digital birthday card and telling us how his legacy inspires you today.
sign the "JFK 100 Centennial Celebration" birthday card, and WRITE YOUR MESSAGE
Steven M. Rothstein
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Columbia Point, Boston, Massachusetts