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Daemon
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Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
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Daemon wrote:
Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)



The following is from the Civil Rights speech delivered on June 11th, 1963.


The complete 'Civil Rights' speech. <<<<< www.americanrhetoric.com

My fellow Americans, this is a problem which faces us all -- in every city of the North as well as the South. Today, there are Negroes unemployed, two or three times as many compared to whites, inadequate education, moving into the large cities, unable to find work, young people particularly out of work without hope, denied equal rights, denied the opportunity to eat at a restaurant or a lunch counter or go to a movie theater, denied the right to a decent education, denied almost today the right to attend a State university even though qualified. It seems to me that these are matters which concern us all, not merely Presidents or Congressmen or Governors, but every citizen of the United States.

This is one country. It has become one country because all of us and all the people who came here had an equal chance to develop their talents. We cannot say to ten percent of the population that you can't have that right; that your children cannot have the chance to develop whatever talents they have; that the only way that they are going to get their rights is to go in the street and demonstrate. I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.

Therefore, I'm asking for your help in making it easier for us to move ahead and to provide the kind of equality of treatment which we would want ourselves; to give a chance for every child to be educated to the limit of his talents.

As I've said before, not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.

We have a right to expect that the Negro community will be responsible, will uphold the law, but they have a right to expect that the law will be fair, that the Constitution will be color blind, as Justice Harlan said at the turn of the century.

This is what we're talking about and this is a matter which concerns this country and what it stands for, and in meeting it I ask the support of all our citizens.
Applause Applause


peace out, >^,,^<

The poor object to being governed badly, whilst the rich object to being governed at all. G.K. Chesterton
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Daemon wrote:
<script>add2all('quote')</script><img align=left width="100" height="132" src="http://img.tfd.com/IOD/kennedy.jpg">Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.<br><br><a href="http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Kennedy%2c+John+Fitzgerald">John F. Kennedy</a> (1917-1963)


...and WE....the thinking few....are charged herein and forevermore with the responsibility to support, mentor, and guide ANY child with whom we develop a fond connection in order for that child to someday achieve his or her optimal level of ability!

...but that's just MY opinion....
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DHeavyOne wrote:
Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


...and WE....the thinking few....are charged herein and forevermore with the responsibility to support, mentor, and guide ANY child with whom we develop a fond connection in order for that child to someday achieve his or her optimal level of ability!

...but that's just MY opinion....[/quote]

Ummmm, I cleaned up the quote.Anxious

I very much agree that all of us have responsibility to do the above. Well said.


peace out,>^,,^<


The poor object to being governed badly, whilst the rich object to being governed at all. G.K. Chesterton
DHeavyOne
Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:09:10 AM

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....*making a courteous bow*.....


Thank you, Dear.
sisikou
Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:13:36 AM

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Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.


Guess it would be one of my favorite quotes!
Inspiring and honest! It makes me think of an autism sufferer Temple Grandin. Others thought she would go nowhere due to her special mind. But somehow her life was changed by a teacher that knows her. At the end of the day, she is not only an expert of autism, but also a doctor, a best-selling author, and an insightful professor. Her biography was made into a movie, and her speech cheers people up.

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

It's also a matter of a chance to education. We all know that "Education is power!" But somehow around the world, the opportunities for children to gain knowledge remain unequal. First, let alone political issues like government budget or educational facilities. Gender inequality makes the deepest sadness of every single girl that was told to end up their life with a man in a marriage. It might sound a bit decayed. Some girls in China remote area, for example, would abandon their school life earlier as their parents thought it is no use for a girl to study so much. Since they need to get married one day, it's better for them to start working at the early of age and gain some money back for their family. Education is power, but in this case money and culture matters.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth
RuthP
Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:51:11 AM

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kitten gave good context. The entire speech and a link to an audio version, is here:

JFK Library: Report to the American People on Civil Rights 11 June 1963

There is also a text copy available in "Ebony" of September 1963, a special issue celebrating the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, which adds a little context. The issue also has an article about "The Constitution---Key to Freedom," and a brief article and pictures of "America's 100 Most Influential Negroes".
Google Books: Ebony September 1963, p234
kitten
Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 10:18:09 AM

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Ruth,

Thank you very much as that is what I wanted to post because I figured there was an audio to go with the speech. Thank you as I love to hear him speak. The other links are wonderful as well.

I reorganized my 'favourites' this weekend and can't remember where I put stuff. I have the Kennedy Library saved, somewhere. Boo hoo!

So I just askedjeeves and posted from the above site as it too had some good quotations.


peace out, >^,,^<


The poor object to being governed badly, whilst the rich object to being governed at all. G.K. Chesterton
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Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 10:22:06 PM

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That something is what one worries about. :7
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