Ebenezer Church Bulletin and President Kennedy's Eulogy

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This is an Ebenezer Baptist Church bulletin expressing appreciation for the congregation's various acts of kindness toward one another. On the opposite side of the bulletin, an outline can be found for a memorial speech for the late President Kennedy.

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Ebenezer Church Bulletin and President Kennedy's Eulogy
Sunday, November 24, 1963
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[Page 2] I. Men everywhere were stunned into sombre [somber] confusion at the news of the assination [assassination] of Pre[sident] John F. Kennedy. We watched the 35th President of our nation go down like a great cedar. All of us are still in a state of shock from the stunning blow of this grotesque horror. II. The personal [Inserted text: loss] is deep and crushing; the loss to the world is overpowering. John was a young man of intellect and action. His vitality and intelligence [Crossed Out: express] symbolized the courage and hope of the 20th century. I was always impressed with his ready knowledge of the world situation. In a period of change the nation has lost a leader who was unafraid of change III. He came to office in one of the most tumultuous and cataclysmic periods of human history. On the international scene nuclear war. On the national scene a nation reaping the [haunt?] of its past injustice toward the Negro. He met the issue with forthrightness and courage. IV. He pioneered in peace. He talked with his immediately often "Cuban crisis". He dealt with civil right. He came to see the moral issue. V. The great question today is "What kill[e]d Kennedy. VI. He speaks to each of us in his death. VII He is not dead [Page 3] It is for us the living rather to be dedicated to the [Crossed out: MS: illegible] unfinished work which they who fought here so nobly [MS:illegible] It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. We take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we [Crossed out: had] [Inserted text: here] highly [Crossed out: reserved] [Inserted text: resolved] that these dead shall not have died in vain."
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