JFK

The 50th: Remembering John F. Kennedy was KERA's live, two-hour special covering the official commemoration event at Dealey Plaza in Dallas on Nov. 22, 2013.

Hosted by Krys Boyd and Shelley Kofler, the special includes reports from KERA reporters before the ceremony begins. Listen to the special here.

Bells tolled across the city, and the event featured historian David McCullough, who read from Kennedy’s presidential speeches; Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings; religious leaders; the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club; and a moment of silence. Read highlights from the event from KERA's live blog from that day.

Throughout the month, KERA posted an online series called 22 Days In November, which takes a closer look at that fateful day, what it meant to the country and how it affected Dallas.

We're also sharing stories and memories in a series called “JFK Voices.” We want to hear your stories. Email us at jfk@kera.org. We may contact you or use your memory in an upcoming story.

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The High Five
7:06 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Sixth Floor Museum Marks 25th Anniversary With Yearlong Celebration

The Sixth Floor Museum is marking its 25th anniversary starting today.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Sixth Floor Museum is 25 years old; longtime WFAA-TV anchor Gloria Campos is retiring; Dallas is interested in hosting the 2016 GOP convention, and more:

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JFK
12:06 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Listen To KERA's Special Program 'The 50th: Remembering John F. Kennedy'

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The 50th: Remembering John F. Kennedy was KERA's live, two-hour special covering the official commemoration event at Dealey Plaza in Dallas on Nov. 22, 2013.

Hosted by Krys Boyd and Shelley Kofler, the special includes reports from KERA reporters before the ceremony begins.

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JFK
8:49 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Two Composers Leave Their Mark On Dallas With JFK Music Premieres

The composer of One Red Rose, Steven Mackey (far left), and the Brentano String Quartet take bows after Saturday's premiere in Dallas.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas audiences heard two music premieres over the weekend, both commissioned to celebrate the legacy of  John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of the president's assassination. Listeners of the symphonic work and chamber piece found the music moving and effective, whether they lived through trauma half a century ago or not. 

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JFK: The Ceremony
7:48 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

At Dealey Plaza, JFK Remembered With Theme Of Learning From The Past

Most of the 5,000 with tickets braved cold, rainy weather to attend the JFK remembrance at Dallas' Dealey Plaza.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

It was 37 degrees and a canopy of dense, gray clouds hung low over Dealey Plaza. Still, most of the 5,000 ticketed guests showed up, some covering their dark suits with clear plastic ponchos that ceremony organizers handed out.

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JFK: The Ceremony
5:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

RECAP: In Prayer And Song, Dallas Honors President Kennedy At Dealey Plaza

A midday ceremony featured prayers, songs and remarks from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and historian David McCullough.
Dane Walters KERA News

The KERA News team was at Dealey Plaza and around downtown Dallas, capturing the sights and sounds of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. A ceremony was held at midday featuring prayers, patriotic music and remarks from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and historian David McCullough. Although the ceremony is over, we'll provide updates throughout the afternoon on this live blog. (Tonight at 9, KERA 90.1 FM will air a re-broadcast of the midday ceremony.)

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JFK
5:45 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

C-SPAN3 To Broadcast 'Understanding Tragedy' JFK Symposium Saturday Afternoon

C-SPAN3 is airing a portion of the "Understanding Tragedy" JFK Symposium at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
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Earlier this month, hundreds of people gathered to discuss the impact of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Dallas. "Understanding Tragedy" brought together writers, politicians, journalists, religious leaders, scholars and others. C-SPAN3 is airing a portion of the symposium at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

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JFK
5:37 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

What Was Today's JFK Commemoration Meant To Achieve?

Several thousand people attended Friday's Kennedy ceremony in downtown Dallas.
Dane Walters KERA News

Fifty years ago today an assassin’s bullet ended the life of President John F. Kennedy as his limousine passed admiring crowds in Dallas.

For the first time, Dallas officially marked that moment today with a midday ceremony at Dealey Plaza.

But what was the commemoration meant to achieve?

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JFK
5:06 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: 'We All Grew Up That Day' JFK Was Killed

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: "A new era dawned and another waned a half century ago."
Dane Walters KERA News

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' office has released the text of the speech he gave early this afternoon at Dealey Plaza at the ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination:

A new era dawned and another waned a half century ago when hope and hatred collided right here in Dallas.

We watched the nightmarish reality that in our front yard our President had been taken from us, taken from his family, taken from the world.

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JFK Voices
3:30 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

JFK Voices: North Texans Reflect On Where They Were The Day Kennedy Died

Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas.
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North Texans reflect on where they were 50 years ago when President Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas.

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JFK: The High Five
6:53 am
Fri November 22, 2013

On 50th Anniversary Of JFK’s Death, A Day Of Tributes

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination in downtown Dallas.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A special JFK edition. Today, both Dallas and Fort Worth honor President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Boston will, too.

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