JFK The Last Speech

JFK The Last Speech explores the dramatic relationship between two seminal Americans—President John F. Kennedy and the poet Robert Frost—which reached its tragic climax in a surprising encounter with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War.

Born out of these events is Kennedy’s remarkable speech about poetry and power, which alters the life course of a group of Amherst college classmates who witness this compelling address and continue to exemplify in their contemporary lives a portrait of the challenges facing America.


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—An excerpt of the address delivered at Amherst College October 26, 1963


 

I have been one acquainted with the night. 

I have walked out in rain - and back in rain. 

I have outwalked the furthest city light.

 

I have looked down the saddest city lane. 

I have passed by the watchman on his beat

And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

 

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet

When far away an interrupted cry

Came over houses from another street,

 

But not to call me back or say good-bye;

And further still at an unearthly height,

One luminary clock against the sky

 

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

I have been one acquainted with the night.

 

—Robert Frost


A World Premiere Private Screening:

JFK: The Last Speech

The story of President Kennedy’s 1963 Speech at Amherst College

The “most majestic” speech of JFK’s career

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Screening promptly at 4:00 p.m.

Screening to be followed by a conversation with 

filmmaker Bestor Cram, historian Ellen Fitzpatrick and Amherst ’64 Neil Bicknell

 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Columbia Point | Boston, MA 02125 | (617) 514-1600

Reception following the Forum with light refreshments and cash bar

 

R.S.V.P. with Invitation from Northern Light Productions

Contact Portland Helmich –phelmich@nlprod.com

 

 

Attendees will enjoy complimentary access to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum exhibits 

any time prior to the event on Sunday, May 6. Come early as the program starts promptly at 4:00 P.M.