Speech Delivered at the Commemoration of the 125th year of the Founding of Central High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

May 6, 1964


Philadelphia, PA

I feel we can approach the young people of the world with strength and with confidence. We have made a representative government work and maintained freedom at the same time. We have no apologies to make for what we have done here in the United States. We are big enough to admit our errors and strong enough to be tolerant of ideas and diversity. I think the advantage is irrepressible. No other system can match it in our conquest for inquiring young minds. We are a young Nation, and we have in addition the strength, the spirit, the vigor to lead the world by our example. What we need is the discernment to identify true values and goals, however difficult that may be.