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November 8, 1960

                                                                    

John F. Kennedy was narrowly elected president over opponent Richard Nixon. A significant factor in Kennedy's victory was his decision to publicize widely the story about his and his brother's (RFK) success in getting MLK released from jail after he participated in a Civil Rights demonstration in Atlanta. Many northern blacks subsequently voted for Kennedy because of his perceived commitment to civil rights.

To hear John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, see:

http://www.webcorp.com/civilrights/jfkinaug.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/specials/elections/1960/index.html

http://www.cs.umb.edu/jfklib/jfksound.htm