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"John F. Kennedy and the Negro" record album

Object Number: 2014.075.0001
Category: Audio
Publisher: EBONY
Type of Object: Record album
Dimensions: 12 1/4 × 12 1/4 in. (31.1 × 31.1 cm)
Medium: Vinyl
Record album titled “John F. Kennedy and the Negro” featuring civil rights statements from a selection of President Kennedy's speeches. The album was published by Ebony Magazine in August 1964.

Side one:
"1. State of the Union 1/11/62
2. University of Mississippi 9/30/62
3. Birmingham, Alabama 5/12/63
4. Vanderbilt University 5/18/1963
5. San Diego State College 6/6/63"

Side two:
"1. Hawaii 6/9/63
2. Alabama 6/11/63"

The front of the album cover shows a large black and white image of President Kennedy smiling and shaking hands with a group of African Americans. Along with a black and white portrait of the president, the back cover describes reactions to the assassination and President Kennedy's civil rights legacy.

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Curator's Notes

This album was produced by Ebony magazine, which was a pictorial news magazine that first appeared in November 1945. Created by John H. Johnson, it was modeled after LIFE magazine, another popular, mainstream pictorial magazine of the time. Ebony celebrated African American life and culture by depicting the achievements of black Americans. During the late 1950s the magazine ran Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s column, “Advice for Living By.” During the 1960s, articles supporting and covering civil rights appeared as the magazine provided a national platform for addressing the racial issues affecting African Americans. - Krishna Shenoy, Librarian/Archivist 

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