In connection with the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., guest speaker Adam Walinsky, RFK aide and speechwriter, will visit Jefferson College to discuss the legacies and relevance of both leaders and their shared visions for our nation during the fourth annual Ripple of Hope event April 11-12.
With first-hand insight, Walinsky will guide a community discussion on April 12 at the Hillsboro campus with student/community breakout sessions from 2-4 p.m. followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. Each event will allow the opportunity for attendees to meet Walinsky.
50 years ago, in the midst of war, domestic crisis, and a Presidential election, the United States lost within two months two of the nation’s most dynamic and promising leaders, when first, Martin Luther King Jr., and then, Robert F. Kennedy, were assassinated. Kennedy had emerged as the election favorite, building a coalition that cut across all lines of race, age, opinion and social and economic class. He proposed a dramatic project of American renewal, grounded on personal action, peace, love and the wisdom born from tragedy, in his 1968 Presidential campaign.
King became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, widely known for his “I Have a Dream” speech. The day that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Kennedy absorbed the news of the killing and responded with courage, compassion and responsibility in his now infamous “Ripple of Hope” speech.
“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not,” said Kennedy. It is one of many well-known quotes synonymous with RFK.