Kennedy Assassination Speech

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The 1960’s shattered American and world politics with the assassination of Kennedy. I was lying on the floor in the lounge in Burton Street when the news came across the radio. We were stunned. Kennedy was such a good guy! Why this despicable act? He was the first Catholic President in American history, gunned down in Dallas, Texas on the 22 November 1963. When his brother Robert ran for president in 1968 he too was killed by an assassin’s bullet in a hotel in California. Were the Kennedys doomed? Earlier, civil rights leader Martin Luther King was killed in Memphis, Tennessee by an assassin’s bullet. His famous speech, which still resonates in my mind today, is “I have a dream” Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy while the president was in the…show more content…
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