John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. Dr. King refers to President Kennedy multiple times throughout Why We Can’t Wait, viewing him as a promising young president whose impact on the civil rights movement was notable, though Dr. King believes that Kennedy would have gone on to play a much more influential role in the struggle for racial equality if he hadn’t been assassinated in November of 1963.
John F. Kennedy Character Timeline in Why We Can’t Wait
The timeline below shows where the character John F. Kennedy appears in Why We Can’t Wait. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Negro Revolution—Why 1963?
Chapter 4: New Day in Birmingham
Chapter 6: Black and White Together
Chapter 8: The Days to Come
...influence that the president of the United States has on civil rights issues. If President Kennedy hadn’t been assassinated, Dr. King believes he would have grown into an even stronger ally... (full context)
...political power, Dr. King is optimistic about how they might wield it. In fact, President Kennedy owed his victory in South Carolina to the Black vote, indicating that the Black community... (full context)