RFK Jr. Joins in on Ripple of Hope Festivities

HYANNIS – The JFK Hyannis Museum marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy with a reception and lecture on Thursday featuring the former senator and attorney general’s son.

Robert Kennedy Jr. joined audiences for a lecture entitled ‘American Values’ focusing on his latest novel that gives readers an unprecedented insight into the historic family’s life.

“He is bringing kind of an oral history to what he has learned in his family, but he does it by going through some of the journey of the events of his dad’s, and uncle’s [presidential journey]… and his own time growing in… political life, [while also focusing on] when he was running for president,” says John Allen, JFK Hyannis Museum Executive Director.

RFK’S book has been described by critics as ‘the best of memoirs and political history’.

“We’ve always had tremendous connection of his audiences to his talks in both the emotional side, and in the content,” adds Allen.

The presentation was part of the museum’s ‘Ripple of hope’ exhibit which was assembled in collaboration with the RFK Human Rights Foundation, and begins with Robert’s early years, including his time on Cape Cod.

The focal point covers his time serving as U.S. Attorney General and a U.S. Senator, culminating with his presidential campaign.

“The theme ‘Ripple of Hope’ comes from his most famous and powerful speech delivered in Cape Town, South Africa,” said Rebecca Pierce-Merrick, the curator of the JFK Hyannis Museum.

“It’s a fitting title for our exhibit as well because that’s exactly what his life of public service created – a ripple of hope that continues to reverberate through the generations since his passing.”

The exhibit will run through 2019.

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