Posted by: morgan1965 | November 22, 2009

Remembering President John F. Kennedy

It has been noted frequently that most Americans living at the time remember where they were when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. As one of those Americans, I remember where I was when the news came that President Kennedy had been shot.

It was a balmy fall day and I was walking across campus at Morgan State College, returning to my dormitory room from class. A student told me that President Kennedy had been assassinated. I rushed to my dorm lounge [no televisions in our rooms in those days] so that I could see the television news reports.

It was November 22, 1963 and I was a junior in college. The sixties were a turbulent decade that witnessed too the assassination of President Kennedy’s brother, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. When President Kennedy was elected, it seemed that he would be a fresh wind in the nation and the world. Many believed that he was the wind of change and transformation, so there were great expectations.

President Kennedy’s life was cut short, but the light of his dreams was not snuffed out. President Johnson was able to bring some of Kennedy’s unrealized dreams into fruition during his tenure, especially in the arena of civil rights legislation.

During the week following President Kennedy’s assassination, I was in a state of shock and wonderment. It was difficult to believe [accept the fact] that an American president had been killed by an assassin. What would the future hold for America?

This is still an appropriate question: What does the future hold for America. One thing is sure, however, and that is my belief that God holds the whole world in God’s hands [and that includes the United States].

All of us must continue to make God’s world a better place.

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