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Date: 
May 28, 1963
Participants: 
President John F. Kennedy; Paul-Henri Spaak, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium
Topic/s: 
SPAAK MEETING
Listen: 


The summary below was prepared by the archivists at the JFK Library.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY PRESIDENTIAL RECORDING LOG TAPE 90: SPAAK MEETING, CONTINUED; BRITISH GUIANA AND HAITI; CIVIL RIGHTS Released 11/2005 5/28/63, 5/31/63, 6/1/63 167 minutes Status: Declassified in Part: Four excisions totaling 10 minutes 41 seconds have been removed in accordance with Section 3.4 (b) (1), (3) of Executive Order 12958. Description, Spaak, Meeting 5/28/63: This 5/28/63 meeting is continued from the previous tape. The Belgium Foreign Affairs Minister Paul-Henri Spaak meets with the President to discuss USEuropean relations, the MLF and the President’s upcoming trip to Europe. Researchers should be aware that Spaak speaks in French and he is the main speaker at the meeting. Please note that the President’s interpreter can only be heard in whispers too low to make out any content. The Spaak meeting on this tape lasts only 15 minutes and for the next 14 minutes there is mainly only office noises and hallway conversations. Description, British Guiana and Haiti, 5/31/63: There is a small amount of the British Guiana meeting available, as well as a discussion on Haiti, specifically the possible return of US Ambassador Thurston to Haiti and discussions on President Francois Duvalier. Please note that most of the British Guiana discussion remains closed; the closed portions have been submitted to the appropriate agencies for review. Description, Civil Rights, 6/1/63: This meeting had been previously opened in the “Civil Rights 1963” release in 1984. The discussion centers around the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Equal Accommodations Bill, the public school education bill, the timing of sending these bills to Congress, the legal steps of the Attorney General and what information to include in the President’s message to the country. Please note that after the Civil Rights meeting ends, the remainder of Reel 2 is blank. Please note that Reel 3 is also blank, except for a short 15 second discussion at about the 8:30 mark. Participants Listing: Paul-Henri Spaak: President John F. Kennedy; Paul-Henri Spaak, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium. British Guiana and Haiti: President John F. Kennedy; U. Alexis Johnson, Deputy Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State; William C. Burdett Director, Office of British Commonwealth and Northern European Affairs, Department of State; Richard Helms, Advisor; 130
McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant for National Security Affairs. Civil Rights: President John F. Kennedy; Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson; Robert Kennedy, Attorney General; Anthony J. Celebrezze, Secretary, HEW; Francis Keppel, Commissioner of Education, HEW; Alanson W. Wilcox, General Counsel, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Wilbur J. Cohen, Assistant Secretary , HEW, and Welfare; James Quigley, Assistant Secretary, HEW, Burke Marshall, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Justice Department; Louis Martin, Civil Rights and Political Advisor, Deputy Chairman, Democratic National Committee, 1961-1969; Willard W. Wirtz, Secretary of Labor; Lawrence F. O’Brien, Special Assistant to the President; Theodore Sorensen, Special Counsel to the President; Lee C. White, Assistant Special Counsel to the President.
Tape 90 5/28/63, 5/31/63, 6/1/63 167 minutes on 3 CD’s….$18.00
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