JFK Impromptu Speech Sparks Peace Corps

Monday, November 18, 2013

All this week, WDET is presenting stories about the intersection of President Kennedy and Metro Detroit, in advance of the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Then-Senator Kennedy stopped in Ann Arbor in mid-October, 1960 – and launched an idea that would eventually become the Peace Corps.

John Greisberger is the Director of the International Center at the University of Michigan. He spoke with WDET’s Jerome Vaughn.

As Greisberger tells the story, few people expected to hear a speech that would have a long-lasting impact, least of all Senator Kennedy.