Thursday, November 7, 2013

Port Allen, LA: In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy , the West Baton Rouge Museum and Louisiana Public Broadcasting will hold a special screening of the American Experience documentary JFK on Thursday, November 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the West Baton Rouge Museum. The preview, which is free and open to the public, will feature 90-minutes of clips from the documentary. JFK premieres on LPB on Monday and Tuesday, November 11 &12 from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

The screening will be followed by a moderated discussion about John F. Kennedy and his Presidency moderated by Robert Mann. Mann holds the Manship Chair in Journalism at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication. He is the author of numerous books of political history and worked for more than 20 years in national and state politics. He writes a weekly column on politics for the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

This new portrait, part of the Peabody Award-winning American Experience series, The Presidents, offers a fresh assessment of the man, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise. It features interviews with Kennedy family members and historians including Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, and Evan Thomas.

JFK provides a fresh look at an enigmatic man who remains one of the nation’s most beloved and mourned leaders. Beginning with Kennedy’s childhood years as the privileged but sickly second son of one of the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lackluster congressman, his successful run for the U.S. Senate, and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in U.S. history. With the benefit of recently opened archives, the film recounts his struggles with life-threatening illnesses and his efforts to keep them hidden from the public. JFK offers new perspectives on his complicated private life, including his relationship with his wife, his close connection to his younger brother, Robert, and his complex bond with his powerful father. It also reevaluates Kennedy’s strengths and weaknesses in the Oval Office as he navigated some of the most explosive events of the twentieth century: the disastrous failure of the Bay of Pigs, the urgent demands of an increasingly impatient civil rights movement, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the escalating conflict in Southeast Asia.

Complete information on American Experience’s The Presidents can be found at experience/collections/presidents/.

Visitors to the preview screening are welcome to view the National Exhibitions & Archives traveling exhibition “Capturing Camelot: The Kennedy Years”, which runs from September 28 through December 29, 2013 at the West Baton Rouge Museum.

The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue, Port Allen. For more information please call (225) 336-2422 x15 or visit

For more information, contact
Toni Brantley @ (225) 336-2422 x13, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or

Published: October 29, 2013
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