Posted Friday, November 29, 2013
It's been more than 50 years since the nation came together to mourn the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the youngest president ever elected, and his assassination continues to haunt the nation. Conspiracy theorists say there's no way Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Our panel of experts discuss what think happened, and how it's affected the country ever since.
It’s been more than fifty years now since the nation came together to mourn the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the youngest president ever elected.
We know the details - how on November 22, 1963 Kennedy was on his way to a luncheon in Dallas, Texas. How the presidential motorcade route proceeded at an intetionally slow pace, to allow bystanders the best chance to see their president drive by.
Kennedy and his wife Jaqueline were waving and smiling at onlookers from the backseat of a Lincoln convertible when the president was shot. He was pronounced dead not long afterward at Parkland Memorial Hosptial.
While Kennedy’s presidency divided the nation, his death united it. Schools closed, workers went home, and for the first time television played an instrumental role in keeping the American public updated in real time.
But the details surrounding Kennedy’s assassination continue to haunt the country half a century later, and conspiracy theorists content there is no way Lee Harvey Oswald could have acted alone.
Louis Stokes, former Democratic member of the UH House of Representatives, chaired the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations
Tim Hagan, former Cuyahoga County Commissioner and friend of the Kennedy family
Christopher Kinsella, history professor at Cuyahoga Community College
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