“Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.” -President Kennedy, January 29, 1961.
“That’s the first time an American president said that morally, black people in this country were right. That was not said in the Emancipation Proclamation, it set them free. Kennedy got on the side of what the blacks were seeking." -Sander Vanocur (NBC White House Correspondent)