Assassination in America:
Examining the Life, Politics, and Death of President John F. Kennedy

Please join the Social Sciences department of Los Angeles City College in observing the 50-year anniversary of the assassination of JFK in this provocative three-day symposium, taking place November 4th to November 6th at the Student Union. The first day begins at 12:10pm, the second day at 3:00pm, and the last day at 2:00pm.

Highlights of the program include a live video conference stream from the Sixth-Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, critical films on the Kennedy’s presidency, a student debate on the assassination, the participation of four historically significant individuals, and concluding comments from one of the most recognized names in Congress.

President John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963)
35th President of the United States.
Bob Huffaker Bob Huffaker was near Ruby when the latter shot Oswald.
Congresswoman Waters Congresswoman Maxine Waters will discuss Kennedy’s legacy. 
Eugene Boone Eugene Boone found the infamous rifle on the sixth floor.
David Montague David Montague was a Senior Investigator for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB).
Phyllis Hall Phyllis Hall R.N., was in Trauma Room One at Parkland Hospital. 

"The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination is an important marker in U.S. history because it shows the progress of how America has grown since then. Have we learned from our past? This marker should make us as a country reflect and analyze the past. Since the assassination, there have been numerous issues within society which stem from the valuable work President Kennedy dared to address, and his death brought a legacy of passion for many about the role and nature of our government and society as a whole. Thus, fifty years later, what many refer to as 'the crime of the 20th Century' has catalyzed many toward activism, education, compassion for others, and perpetual reexamination of our society."
David R. Montague, PhD
Former ARRB Senior Investigator

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 4th

  • 12:10 pm: Welcome: Renee Martinez, President of Los Angeles City College
  • 12:15 pm: Opening Remarks: Tony Clark, Social Sciences Department
  • 12:30 pm: Distance Learning Program From the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza:

“John F. Kennedy and the Dallas Civil Rights Movement”

John F. Kennedy and the Dallas Civil Rights Movement:  Discover how President Kennedy's legacy continued to have an effect on the Dallas Civil Rights Movement long after 1963.  Through speeches, photographs, oral history testimony and documents in the Museum's collection, the Dallas story is connected to the national struggle for equality, and students draw conclusions about how the movement plays a role in their lives today.

Question and Answer Session With the Sixth Floor Museum

  • 3:00 pm Film and Discussion: Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963) – 52 minutes. Refreshments will be served.

From …When African American college students Vivian Malone and James Hood prepared to enroll at the all-white University of Alabama in June 1963, governor George Wallace supplied the crisis, defying a federal court order and vowing to prevent the students' enrollment. Kennedy granted unprecedented access to Drew and his unobtrusive four-team crew, who used handheld cameras to cover both sides of the conflict… The result is the most intimate study of JFK and RFK ever filmed, capturing the powerful brothers as they forge a great victory for civil rights and racial equality. In defeat, Wallace is left stinging and irrelevant, a Southern dinosaur whose arrogance was his own undoing. For these and many other reasons, Crisis remains one of the most riveting visual records of the Kennedy administration, and Drew's short film Faces of November (included as a bonus feature) provides a sobering reminder: Five months after Crisis was filmed, JFK was dead and a nation was mourning. --Jeff Shannon

Tuesday, November 5th

  • 3:00 pm: Student Assassination Debate: Who killed JFK?

Beginning in the spring semester of 2013, eight LACC students volunteered to participate in a debate tournament. Each student was randomly assigned to one of two sides of the assassination debate. The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, better known as the Warren Commission, issued the so-called Warren Report in September 1964 which concluded that a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, murdered the President. The other side of the debate argues that Kennedy’s assassination was the outcome of a conspiracy. The first round of debates takes place in September and the second round in October. It will be the two finalists who formally argue the debate in the program.

  • 4:00 pm: Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Montague

Dr. David R. Montague is an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and director of the UALR Senior Justice Center, which mentors college students while addressing elder crime. He earned a PhD at Howard University in Political Science, an MA at The George Washington University in Crime and Commerce, and a BA at Morehouse College in Political Science. Dr. Montague completed federal investigations for fourteen years in law enforcement and intelligence capacities working for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a federal drug diversion investigator, the United States JFK Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) as the Senior Investigator, and as a consultant on national security matters with US Investigations Services, Inc. He formerly served as the graduate coordinator for the UALR Master of Science Program in criminal justice and is the recipient of the 2009 UALR College of Professional Studies Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching. He has lectured at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and was a member of the founding faculty of the PhD Program in Organizational Leadership at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He most recently graduated the LeadAR Program, the Arkansas State leadership program involving a two-year commitment of service-learning and travel within-state and internationally. His major funded research project at present is to evaluate programming for the Arkansas Department of Community Correction, dealing with services for clients during and after release from prison. Dr. Montague is active in the community volunteering as a deputy sheriff in Arkansas, running a macro-level prison rehabilitation program in Arkansas, and serving on several discipline-related boards; one of them being the board of directors for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, one of the largest national associations for criminal justice educators.  He has presented his research internationally at various conferences, collaborated across disciplines to provide service-learning for students via projects, served as a keynote presenter nationally, published numerous articles, written a book on federal drug sentencing, and testified before two legislatures on prospective policies. He is about to publish a book on his role completing JFK investigative research as part of ARRB during the 1990s. Dr. Montague resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with his family.

  • 5:10 pm: Special Invited Guest: Ms. Phyllis Hall, R.N.

A nurse in the outpatient clinic at Parkland Hospital in 1963, Hall was in Trauma Room One during the treatment of President Kennedy.

  • 6:20 pm: Film: Kennedy and the Cold War: Clouds over Cuba and discussion. Refreshments will be served.

Clouds over Cuba is an interactive documentary film that chronicles the Cuban Missile Crisis and Kennedy’s role in it, using archival footage. See it online at

Wednesday, November 6th

  • 2:00 pm: Special Invited Guest: Dr. Bob Huffaker

A KRLD police reporter in 1963, Huffaker broadcast the motorcade through Dallas and later covered events at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He then reported live from Dallas police headquarters on CBS and stood a few feet from Jack Ruby during the Oswald shooting. With three of his KRLD colleagues, Huffaker authored the book, When the News Went Live: Dallas 1963 (2004).

  • 3:10 pm: Special Invited Guest: Mr. Eugene Boone

Boone was the Dallas deputy sheriff who discovered the rifle on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Prior to joining the sheriff's department, he worked at the Dallas Times Herald and had contact with Jack Ruby.

  • 4:30 pm: Final Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor.
Elected in November 2012 to her twelfth term in the House of Representatives with more than 70 percent of the vote in the 43rd Congressional District of California, Congresswoman Waters represents a large part of South Central Los Angeles including the communities of Westchester, Playa Del Rey, and Watts and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County comprised of Lennox, West Athens, West Carson, Harbor Gateway and El Camino Village. The 43rd District also includes the diverse cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita and Torrance.
Congresswoman Waters serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services. An integral member of Congressional Democratic Leadership, Congresswoman Waters serves as a member of the Steering & Policy Committee. She is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and member and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

  • Concluding Comments