The life and works of great men and their famous contribution to the cause of freedom and democracy.
Great men are born leaders and they are adored and loved by the people that they serve. They are men of unquestionable honesty and integrity and they are not afraid to put their lives on the line for the good of the people that they serve.
Here are five great men who dedicated their own lives for the good of the people that they serve during their time:
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States of America. His service to the American people was short-lived when he was assassinated in 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Although he was not able to finish his term in office, he was well loved by the American people for his vision and outstanding service to the country.
Because of his youth, charisma and his outstanding leadership qualities, he won the hearts and minds of the American electorate and voted for him to become the 35th President of America.
In his famous inaugural address as the 35th President of the United States of America, he encouraged the American people to unite and he said: “Ask not what your country can dofor you, ask what you can do for your country”. This famous statement became the rallying point for Americans to unite and to fight the evils of war, poverty, disease, and tyranny.
One of his major contributions to mankind was his support for racial integration and civil rights. During his incumbency, the issue of racial discrimination was so widespread in America that even with the US Supreme Court ruling that racial segregation in schools, public transport, movie houses and in other public places was illegal; he succeeded in his campaign to put an end to this recurring social disease.
In some of his most radical actions, he would send law enforcers to places where racial segregation was being tolerated by local officials, with instructions to stop them as they are contrary to law. In 1962, James Meredith, a famous black victim of racial discrimination, tried to enroll at the University of Mississippi but was prevented by white students. When Kennedy learned about this, he sent 400 federal marshals and 3,000 troops to ensure that Meredith could enroll in the University. Years later James Meredith would become a popular civil rights activist.
At one point in his political career, John F. Kennedy intervened for the early release of Martin Luther King from prison for crimes associated with racial discrimination. His intervention triggered the charismatic spiritual and civil rights leader’s prominence in the civil liberties movement.