It’s Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week formed in 1982 as an awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read and highlights persecuted authors. As patrons of the arts, President and Mrs. Kennedy invited many artists, authors, and musicians to visit the White House. Take a quick look at two guest lists from a 1962 dinner honoring Nobel Prize winners–it’s a veritable who’s who of authors with banned books! Almost the entire guest list had a banned book at some point in history, including Baldwin, Cummings, Dos Passos, Farrell, Salinger, Sandburg, Sinclair, Steinbeck, Wilder, Miller, Williams, Styron, Capote, Warren, Bellow, McCullers, and Ellison. Are we missing anyone?
(Credit: White House Sanford Fox Files, Box 13/ JFK Library)
What a difference color makes! Here at the JFK Library, it’s always interesting to view Mrs. Kennedy’s clothes in person versus the black and white photographs from the 1960’s. Take a look at Mrs. Kennedy’s gown as photographed by our museum curators. Then, look at the professional photo of Mrs. Kennedy wearing the same dress outside the National Theatre in 1962. The difference is striking!
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Tomorrow, we are joining over 500 museums from around the world for #AskaCurator Day! Ask us anything about our archives or our museum, and tweet your questions to @jfklibrary - we’ll have archivists and museum staff standing by! If you want an immediate answer, our curators will be live on Twitter from 12-1pm.
These photos are a sure way to brighten up your day! Take a look at John F. Kennedy, Jr., playing with a pug puppy at Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rhode Island. Secret Service agent, Bob Foster, sits at right; an unidentified girl stands at left.
Credit: Robert Knudsen/JFK Library
A telegram from Martin Luther King Jr. to President Kennedy re: the 16th Street Church bombings. Fifty years ago today, four girls - Addie Mae Collins (14), Denise McNair (11), Carole Robertson (14), and Cynthia Wesley (14) - were killed in the attack.