Address at the Joint Defense Appeal of the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Chicago, Illinois

June 21, 1961


Chicago, Il

My faith is that Americans are not an inert people. My conviction is that we are rising as a people to confront the hard challenges of our age—and that we know that the hardest challenges are often those within ourselves. My confidence is that, as we strive constantly to meet the exacting standard of our national tradition, we will liberate a moral energy within our nation which will transform America’s role and America’s influence throughout the world— and that upon this release of energy depends the world’s hope for peace, freedom and justice everywhere.