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President John F. Kennedy's assassination is an unforgettable part of Dallas' history.Nearly 54 years later, scholars and enthusiasts alike are still processing details from that fateful drive through Dealey Plaza now that the remaining investigation files have been unsealed. For the 50th anniversary in 2013, KERA produced special stories and reports from the commemoration:The 50th: Remembering John F. Kennedy was KERA's live, two-hour special covering the official commemoration event at Dealey Plaza in Dallas on Nov. 22, 2013. Hosted by Krys Boyd and Shelley Kofler, the special includes reports from KERA reporters before the ceremony begins. Listen to the special here.Bells tolled across the city, and the event featured historian David McCullough, who read from Kennedy’s presidential speeches; Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings; religious leaders; the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club; and a moment of silence. Read highlights from the event from KERA's live blog from that day.Throughout the month, KERA posted an online series called 22 Days In November, which takes a closer look at that fateful day, what it meant to the country and how it affected Dallas.We shared stories and memories in a series called “JFK Voices.” Explore our archives below.

JFK Voices: Hate Versus Fear, From A Journalist's View

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Katie Sherrod speaks concern for present-day Texas in her Fort Worth home.

Katie Sherrod was 16 when President John F. Kennedy was killed. She shares her memory of a small town united in front of the TV, wracked with sorrow. But she goes on to describe the Dallas she came to know as a journalist and producer - and a Texas she sees now, which has forgotten the need to stick together.

On huddling around TV news after the assassination:

I was 16 when Kennedy was killed. The news hit Permian High School like a blast. I mean, it was like a sonic boom traveling through that school. You could see the instant people knew. People were bursting into tears. I mean, it was amazing.

And then of course we went into this weekend of shared mourning because at that time there were only three television channels. And in some places, less than that. So we were all watching the same thing at the same time.

City of Hate vs. City of Fear:

When I moved to Fort Worth and began journalism work and began to go over to Dallas and talk to people over there. It became clear to me that Dallas – not so much a city of hate – but a city of fear. There was so much fearfulness – fearfulness of the other, fearful of people who didn’t look like me, who didn’t worship like me, who loved differently than I do.

On fear in the rhetoric of Texas’ elected officials:

This rugged individualism that scorns community is very scary. And I would hate to see that shadow rise again.

Lyndsay Knecht is assistant producer for Think.