Neither Martin Luther King or any other prominent African-American leader appears in the Civil Rights sequence. James Meredith is mentioned but never shown. King is never mentioned in the film. See more »
But the word that very few spoke, and the word with perhaps the greatest truth, was the word "prejudice". And most of the United States knew there was prejudice and wanted it to end. But even as the signs came down, the prejudice did not end.
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1,000 days of the JFK Administration and one day of his burial
Bruce Herschensohn's documentary covers the remarkable 1,000 days of the JFK Administration and the day of the young president's burial. Along with domestic highlights such as Kennedy's White House speech to the first Peace Corps volunteers, the Civil Rights crisis and the space race, there are the dramatic international moments: the Cuban crisis, Berlin crisis — "if war begins, it begins in Moscow, not Berlin" — his journey to Costa Rica, his speech at the Berlin Wall and his visit to the Kennedy ancestral home in Ireland. Interspersed between these segments are poignant scenes from the 1963 funeral. The sense of grief and hope lost is palpable.
Gregory Peck's narration is at times stern, at times wistful: "History will pick up its cold pen and book, and write in chronological order the events of the day with the date and time and the city. But history will be wrong, for there wasn't one date, or time, or city." Produced by the United States Information Agency, Herschensohn's film is historically important as one can witness the process by which JFK the man becomes JFK the myth.
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