November 1963: Remembering JFK

President Kennedy waves to a crowd of more than 300,000 gathered to hear his speech where he declared "Ich bin ein Berliner." (AP)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a self-proclaimed “son of Massachusetts,” was assassinated 50 years ago this month. His death set off a period of mourning for the entire nation — and especially for the Bay State.

Fifty years later, the 35th president of the United States remains a subject of fascination. According to some, his legacy permeates politics today.

On the 50th anniversary of his passing, WBUR is commemorating John F. Kennedy with a special series called “November 1963.”

How JFK Affected Patrick, Tsongas, Others

Many Massachusetts public servants and activists were galvanized by the Camelot era.

Poem: ‘The Colonel And The President’

In memoriam of John F. Kennedy and Sir Denis Hamilton.

The Draw Of John F. Kennedy, 50 Years Later

What is it in the end that still draws us? John F. Kennedy seems more like a dream drifting across the ages than a figure of history.

Kennedy Records Private Thoughts On Vietnam

On Nov. 4, 1963, Kennedy recorded his private concerns over a military coup in South Vietnam that ousted President Diem. It was a precursor to the U.S.-Vietnam war.

Kennedy Remembers Frost, Champions The Arts

President Kennedy traveled to Massachusetts for the last time on Oct. 26, 1963. He received an honorary degree from Amherst College and spoke at the groundbreaking of the school’s Robert Frost Library.

JFK’s Civil Rights Reluctance Ends With Address

On June 11, 1963, hours after Gov. George Wallace tried to block two African-American students from enrolling in the University of Alabama, President Kennedy went on national television to announce civil rights legislation.

Audio Timeline: From 'Ask Not' To Cuban Missiles, JFK's Speeches

A compilation of sounds from WBUR’s series commemorating the death of John F. Kennedy, “November 1963.”

Commander In Chief Kennedy Calls For Peace

On June 10, 1963, Kennedy gave a commencement address at American University — often referred to as his “Peace Speech” — that redirected the trajectory of the Cold War.

The Women In Kennedy’s White House

While John F. Kennedy’s womanizing is well-documented, the women who worked for him — and the president’s policies on women – are not as well-known.

‘There Will Never Be Another Camelot’: The Kennedys’ White House

As part of our ongoing series “November 1963,” we peeked inside the Kennedy White House — and the “Camelot” mystique.

Timeline: The Life Of President John F. Kennedy

The highlights of President John F. Kennedy’s life, from birth to death.

Kennedy Narrowly Avoids Nuclear War In Cuban Missile Crisis

We go inside the Kennedy White House at the height of the Cuban missile crisis.

Kennedy’s Public Service Legacy Still Moves Some Millennials

One of JFK’s most tangible legacies is the Peace Corps, which speaks to his commitment to public service.

At Rice, JFK Asks Americans For The Moon

In Houston, on Sept. 12 1962, before a crowd of 35,000 people, the president made an impassioned speech outlining his goals for the nation’s space effort.

Violence Transformed JFK’s Civil Rights Push

Kennedy made efforts to protect the rights of African-Americans even before he became president. But violence accompanied civil rights protests and ultimately ended Kennedy’s life, radically transforming the push for equality.

Kennedy’s Inaugural Call To Action

On Jan. 20, 1961 John F. Kennedy was sworn in by Chief Justice Earl Warren. He proceeded to deliver some of his best known remarks.

John F. Kennedy’s ‘City Upon A Hill’

Before an audience of legislators, officials and 700 spectators in the State House, Kennedy looked back on his political career, and ahead to the presidency.

John F. Kennedy, A Son Of Massachusetts

We trace JFK’s Massachusetts roots, from the Brookline home where he grew up to a pithy presidential campaign speech at Harvard Law School.

John F. Kennedy’s Final Footsteps At Home

A Harvard-Columbia football game. A graveside visit. A sundae stop. Final time with his father. We trace President John F. Kennedy’s final trip home, 50 years ago Saturday.

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