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Alabama State University to commemorate 50th anniversary of Kennedy assassination down to the minute
President John F. Kennedy's motorcade in Dallas, Texas shortly before his assassination at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 1963. (File photo/Alabama State University)

-- Alabama State University will host a citywide commemoration of the death of President John F. Kennedy this week.

The event will begin at noon and end at 12:30 p.m. Friday, the same time of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Texas 50 years ago.

"We hope that people of all backgrounds will join us ... at ASU's library to commemorate President Kennedy's life that was ended tragically," said Janice Franklin, director of ASU's National Center.

The event will commemorate the assassination with prayers by Boston native, Father Paul McQulillen, pastor of the St. Jude Catholic Church.

It will also include live music, period news video and a historical perspective on Kennedy's presidency University President William Harris.

It will conclude with the lighting of the "Candle of Hope," representing prayers and hopes for "an end to gun-related violence that ended President Kennedy's life and is still cutting-short the lives of many people in our community, nation and world," the university said.

In another demonstration against what ASU Band Director James Oliver called "senseless gun violence," the ASU Mighty Marching Hornets Band .

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