Remembering President John F. Kennedy and his civil rights efforts

Fifty years ago today, a nation changed forever.  As we reflect back on the assassination of one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century, we must not forget the giant strides President John F. Kennedy made for civil rights during his short time in office.  Among the most noteworthy accomplishments were his urgency in introducing a civil rights bill, his position against segregation in schools, and his appointment of an unprecedented number of African Americans to coveted positions in his administration.

WH/HO Portrait

Since then, much has changed. Our laws uphold racial equality, but our progress towards social and economic equality still lags behind.

Race Forward is an extraordinary forum, which was founded in 1981, to shed light on present day inequalities and to think critically of ways to improve fair treatment for all through explicit dialogue, research, training, and their annual Facing Race Conference.


Dallas, Texas is the next host of Facing Race, which will be held November 13-15, 2014. To attend the conference and join the conversation, you can register here.

Locally, leading up to the conference, an independent initiative called Dallas Faces Race is bringing together people and organizations to talk openly in order to reach a deeper understanding of racial justice.  Check out their calendar of events here, or contact Facing Race to learn what you can do in your community.

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