Peace Corps Week comes to a close today. Big Ten universities play a significant role in the Peace Corps today, but Ann Arbor, Mich., was witness to an incredible moment in American history.
On Oct. 14, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy spent the day campaigning for the presidency on the campus of the University of Michigan. Speaking in front of the Michigan Union, he challenged students to dedicate themselves to global peace and justice by living and working in developing nations.
Hundreds of students “signed up,” and the movement would later become known as the Peace Corps.
When you visit the steps of the Michigan Union today, you can view a memorial of occasion to this day.
For more information about the Peace Corps, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/