50 Years Ago Today


At 2:00 am on October 14, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy made a short speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He was in the thick of campaigning for the Presidency, but his topic was specifically aimed at university students. His speech and the student response that followed are credited with the creation of a government agency known as the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps is very much a vital program today, with 7,671 volunteers in 71 posts serving 77 countries. In a time of seemingly continuous wars, the Peace Corps offers an alternative by promoting peace and friendship around the world.

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