Speech in Chicago

August, 1963


Chicago, IL

We face a severe challenge. Daily before our eyes there is a growing army of unemployed and out-of-school youth. The challenge is to create new and meaningful opportunities for those young people. If we ignore this challenge, we invite the discontented and deprived to search for other solutions. I have seen some of the solutions: There are the young hoodlums who think of nothing but getting into the rackets. There are those who turn, instead, to theft, burglary and shoplifting as a career. There are those unfortunates who become addicted to narcotics before they are out of their teens. I have seen these young on the streets and in the prisons. I don’t like what I have seen.