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JFK-inspired events mark 50th anniversary of death

White Metropolis
White Metropolis

By Heather Horton/south news editor

White Metropolis
White Metropolis

In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, South Campus will host a series of events beginning Nov. 18.

The library will sponsor a weeklong exhibit of memorabilia from the day of the assassination. South Campus interim vice president for academic affairs Bill Lace said the display includes photos from Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth and Dallas.

“There will be facsimile and actual newspapers and magazines,” he said. “There will also be a closed-loop video of people on South Campus who will give their recollection of that day.”

The Kennedy exhibit will be on display through Nov. 22.

Coinciding with the opening of the Kennedy exhibit, the library will host Michael Phillips, author of White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas 1841-2001 at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the SREC Recital Hall.

“[Phillips] is a historian and professor at Collin County College,” Lace said. “He will be speaking about his book on Dallas, race relations and politics in Dallas.”

Lace said this relates to the atmosphere of Dallas in 1963 and the labeling of Dallas as the “city of hate.”

The culmination of the weeklong JFK remembrance takes place noon-1 p.m. Nov. 22 on the commons area in front of the library with a ceremony.

Sixty Glencrest 6th Grade Center students will take part in the event. Two middle school students will speak and recite a portion of Kennedy’s inaugural speech. The Glencrest choir will perform “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” and two TCC students will speak about President Kennedy.

Following a moment of silence to coincide with the time of Kennedy’s assassination, South student Miles Belvin will perform “Taps” on the bugle.

At the conclusion of the memorial, a reception will be held in the library. For more information, contact assistant director of library services Erik France at 817-515-4418.

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