View of huge crowd that fills DC Stadium in Washington DC on opening day of the 1963 major league baseball season. President John F. Kennedy throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Players scramble for the ball, which is caught by Washington Senators catcher Ken Retzer. Closeup of Senators pitcher Don Rudolph. Rudolph gives up solo home run to Baltimore Orioles first baseman Jim Gentile. President Kennedy cheers as Gentile crosses home plate. Later, Rudolph gives up another homer, this one a two-run shot by Orioles left fielder Boog Powell. Orioles win the game, 3-1.
Civil Rights leader Roy Wilkins talks and reflects on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom . View of marchers carrying banners advocating equal rights. Clarence Mitchell talks about Roy Wilkins.
Scene of the White House. Various scenes of President John F Kennedy working in his office in the White House in Washington DC. President Kennedy at his desk, and with advisors. President arrives at Cape Canaveral on November 16, 1963 for a tour and to witness a Polaris missile launch. Scenes of John F. Kennedy talking with NASA personnel and watching a rocket launch. Wernher Von Braun is seen with Kennedy. Audio includes Kennedy's statement from 1962 at Rice University when he said "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon, and returning him safely to the earth." President Kennedy views models of space craft and listens to NASA engineers. View of President Kennedy at the White House presenting the NASA Distinguished Service Medal to astronaut John Glenn on February 23, 1962, after Glenn's successful Friendship 7 mission. A helicopter carrying President John Kennedy lands on a ship on November 16, 1963. A sailor blows a whistle. President meets officers on the ship and is seen on the bridge. President Kennedy observes the under water launch of a Polaris missile through binoculars. President Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B Johnson with a Navy officer looking at a system used to operate and launch rockets. Audio overlay includes a speech by Kennedy reflecting on the threat of nuclear war.
Black men and women carry signs and demonstrate for equal rights outside a restaurant or store in the United States for civil rights. Jesse Jackson leads crowd in his "I am somebody" chant. A sign in the gathered crowd reads, "Jesse Jackson Black Jesus". Views of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28 1963, highlighting civil rights issues for African Americans. Martin Luther King marching next to a rabbi who is on crutches. Black rioters flipping over a car. A building burns during race riots. Ernest Green talks to others at the headquarters for the Apprenticeship Program of the Workers Defense League, funded by the A. Philip Randolph Education Fund. A white man enters a polling booth. White and black people at a polling place. Narrator says that negro voting is increasing in America. Images of of Mayor Carl Stokes,a black political leader in Cleveland, Ohio; Jesse Jackson, Preacher; and Ernest Green (Ernie Green), Youth Organizer and Executive. View of grounds of the Washington and Lincoln Memorial teeming with protestors against inequality and segregation during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. View of United States Supreme Court building and point of view shot as camera approaches interior chamber of the Supreme Court. Black students outside a school. Exterior view of John Philip Sousa Junior High School in Washington DC shows integrated student body. View of white students demonstrating against integration at Little Rock. Interior view of integrated elementary school classroom with both white and black children. Curb side sit-in demonstration in a southern city. Picketing demonstrators outside the S&W Cafeteria hold signs that read, "Christian Morality Condemns Segregation" and "All Men are Created Equal." Demonstrators at the lunch counter of the S&W Cafeteria are served a meal by the waitress. View of a swimming pool that has been closed by a municipality rather than allow integration.
U.S. President John F Kennedy delivers American University Commencement Address in Washington DC speaking about America and Soviet Union relationships. He raises questions about Nuclear war its consequences. Communist drive to impose their political and economic system on others is the primary cause of world tension. He points out that despite differences there are some common links between America and Soviet Union and they should conduct affairs in such a way that is acceptable to both. He emphasizes reexamining the American attitude towards the cold war. Also raises issues of strengthening the United Nations as an instrument of global security, direct line between Moscow and Washington DC, Geneva talks, outlawing of nuclear tests. He confirms that high level discussions will shortly begin in Moscow for Comprehensive Test ban treaty. 10 June 1963.
U.S. President John F Kennedy during a recording at the White House for national television. View of cameramen and multiple film cameras setup to record the President. Brief view of exterior of White House and semi-circle driveway. Inside, two different men stand at the podium for sound or lighting checks before the President speaks. Next, the film take begins and the President addresses viewers. (The next clip in this series includes audio; this clip has no audio). The subject of the speech is the President's recent trip to Europe.