WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy:
“Today, we reflect on the tragic death of an individual who embodied the highest ideals of our nation. John F. Kennedy was a transformational leader who guided us with courage and conviction through one of our most turbulent times.
“With his words, President Kennedy helped Americans envision our country as it could be, and with his actions, became a symbol of hope and optimism for us all. At a time when many lives were being torn apart by allegiance to injustice, President Kennedy united Americans of all races around the principles of freedom, civility, and individual responsibility – both domestically and abroad.
“Like many of our nation’s greatest leaders whose lives were cut short, President Kennedy helped a new generation of leaders recognize their place in history. Through his commitment to public service, he personified the responsibility to help those with needs much greater than our own.
“As we remember President Kennedy’s life and legacy today, we are reminded that though neither our goals nor our dreams may be realized in our lifetimes, we must remain committed to being on the right side of history. For one day, history will truly be our judge.”