New Resource Invites Students To Explore JFK's Legacy

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JFK 50th anniversary  On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy captured and crystallized a moment in history when he told America, "the torch has been passed to a new generation." To mark the 50th anniversary of this landmark inaugural address, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has created a new website filled with groundbreaking multimedia that invites young visitors to explore the JFK legacy through such core themes as public service, civil rights and innovation.

The aim of the website is to engage a new generation around ideas and challenges set out a half-century ago—and to demonstrate how relevant they remain to contemporary social and political trends. "JFK50.org will serve as the principal online destination for the worldwide celebration honoring President Kennedy," the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation explains. It is the centerpiece for a variety of January events tied to the 50th anniversary, a resource "providing scholars, artists, teachers and cultural institutions around the world with a wealth of resource materials on America's 35th president."

The site also will be home to what the foundation envisions as a "global" conversation about the ideals articulated by Kennedy in his inaugural address, an online dialogue sparked through the use of Web 2.0 technologies to deliver online re-enactments, broadcast news reports, newspaper accounts and archival media. The website goes live on Jan. 20. [Mike Rose, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation]