President John F. Kennedy in Houston
On the evening of November 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy along with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Lady Bird Johnson attended a League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) banquet. Knowing that the group was already planning to be in Houston for a dinner honoring Congressman Albert Thomas, Houston attorney and civil rights activist, John J. Herrera, invited President Kennedy to attend the LULAC banquet. The LULAC Viva Kennedy clubs campaigned in Houston's Hispanic communities to elect Kennedy and were then engaged in supporting his re-election. President Kennedy visited Houston previously in 1962 when he delivered his famous speech regarding the Space Race at Rice University.
The group was greeted that day with much fanfare, and it is clear from the photographs featured here that the banquet was a joyous occasion for all and that the Kennedys enjoyed their time in Houston very much. A mariachi band and a speech by Jacqueline Kennedy in which she spoke in Spanish also delighted the attendees. The photographs, oral histories, and other items in these featured collections represent the passing of an era in the United States before President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on the following day, November 22, 1963. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination, and the Houston Public Library invites you to explore the unique digital holdings related to the legacy of President John F. Kennedy that are available through the Houston Area Digital Archives.
The Houston Metropolitan Research Center is a member of the JFK Resource Consortium.
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