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  •  JFK spoke to them on HIS LAST NIGHT... (0+ / 0-)

    First President to ever do so...He won a bunch of hearts and minds that night. and Jacqueline spoke SPANISH TO THEM!

    JFK'S LAST NIGHT RECALLED AS KEY EVENT FOR LATINOS

    from piece, a good one.

    "The Secret Service told us that he may stop by, but not to advertise it because it wasn't part of his official schedule," said Alexander Arroyos, 76, who was an officer in LULAC at the time. "We could spread it through word of mouth. No one believed us."

    Then Kennedy showed up.

    The president was greeted at the door by Macario Garcia, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service during World War II. Inside the ballroom, Kennedy and the first lady found an enthusiastic crowd of World War II veterans, civil rights advocates and future elected officials.

    Kennedy spoke briefly about foreign policy in Latin America and the importance of LULAC. The first lady told the crowd in Spanish that Texas had a deep history with Latinos. The crowd responded with chants of "Viva Kennedy!" A band played a ballad in Spanish as photographers took photos of the Kennedys and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson.

    Before that moment, historians believe that no president had ever acknowledged Latinos as a voting bloc, said Emilio Zamora, a historian at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Proud to be part of the 21st Century Democratic Majority Party of the 3M's.. Multiracial,Multigender and MiddleClass

    by LOrion on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 10:24:28 AM PST

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