The Making of University of Michigan History

John Kennedy proposes Peace Corp ...

Well after midnight on October 14, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy arrived at the steps of the Michigan Union. In a short speech he outlined the idea of the Peace Corps, challenging students "to contribute part of your life to this country." UM hosted several of the first Peace Corps volunteer training sessions. By 1966 over 300 UM alumni had joined the Peace Corps. UM grad Jack Hood Vaughn was the Corps' second director. A plaque at the entrance of the Michigan Union commemorates Kennedy's speech.

Photo Source: News and Information Services (University of Michigan) records, E-4. Folder: Peace Corp