50 years of RFK's Human Rights Legacy Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights celebrates 50 years at its annual Ripple of Hope dinner on December 12 in New York. Every year it’s a gathering of activists, business leaders, policymakers, and celebrities to honor individuals who are advancing Robert F. Kennedy’s vision of a more just and peaceful world. The 2018 Ripple of Hope … [Read more...] about Ripple of Hope
The seeds of Robert F. Kennedy’s compassion lay in his understanding of the past struggles of his Irish ancestors.
On March 17, 1964, Robert F. Kennedy traveled to Scranton, Pennsylvania, to address the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. His address that evening was rich in purpose but also in sentiment. It was his first speech since Dallas.
He had chosen this Irish American … [Read more...] about Last Word:
A Touch of the Irish
“As the first of the racial minorities, our forefathers were subject to every discrimination found wherever discrimination is known.” – Robert Kennedy speaking at a Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Day dinner in Scranton, PA It is fitting that we have Joe Kennedy III on the cover of this issue that marks the beginning of our 33rd year in publishing. Joe’s father, Joe II, the … [Read more...] about First Word: The Dream That Never Dies
The name Kennedy or O’Kennedy is derived from the Gaelic O’Cinneide, which is itself derived from the original Gaelic form cean eidig meaning, “ugly head,” or, more generously, “helmet head.” This was the name by which the father of Brian Boru was known (the Irish have always had a high tolerance for less-than-complimentary anatomical nicknames). The surname first appears as … [Read more...] about Roots: The Kennedys
On the morning of Saturday, October 20, 1962, I was in a station wagon with my family en route to Milwaukee's Billy Mitchell Field to hear President John F. Kennedy make a campaign speech for Democratic congressional candidates. As we moved slowly in a long line of cars to the airport, the radio reported that JFK had come down with a "slight cold" in Chicago and was returning … [Read more...] about Film Forum: JFK vs. the Joint Chiefs in Thirteen Days