RFK: His Words for Our Times with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Rick Allen
April 10, 2019 6:30 PM
Location: Conference Rooms
National Press Club Book Event: RFK: His Words for Our Times with Rick Allen, co-author and editor, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s eldest child and public servant.
With the advent of a new Congress and the approaching Muller Report, political polarization continues. Robert Kennedy continues to inspire with a message that reached across similar gulfs during his life – and provides a prism to make sense of America’s present challenges and future prospects. Fifty years after his “last campaign” there is renewed interest in Kennedy’s vision for America and the words that proved prescient and timeless. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Rick Allen share the Senator’s ideas and words and apply them to 2019 and beyond.
This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Club’s Conference Rooms, will feature a discussion with Rick Allen and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, an audience question-and-answer session, and a book signing. Tickets are $5 for National Press Club members and $10 for the general public. When purchasing tickets for this event online, buyers will also have the option of purchasing copies of the book at check-out.
Books will also be available for purchase at the event. A percentage of book sales will benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, so we kindly ask you to please leave all outside books and memorabilia at home.
Twenty-five years after Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, RFK: His Words for Our Times, a celebration of Kennedy’s life and legacy, was published to enormous acclaim. Now, a quarter century later, this classic volume has been thoroughly edited and updated. Through his own words we get a direct and intimate perspective on Kennedy’s views on civil rights, social justice, the war in Vietnam, foreign policy, the desirability of peace, the need to eliminate poverty, and the role of hope in American politics.
Here, too, is evidence of the impact of those he knew and worked with, including his brother John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez, among others. The tightly curated collection also includes commentary about RFK’s legacy from major historians and public figures, among them Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Eric Garcetti, William Manchester, Elie Wiesel, and Desmond Tutu. Assembled with the full cooperation of the Kennedy family, RFK: His Words for Our Times is a potent reminder of Robert Kennedy’s ability to imagine a greater America—a faith and vision we could use today.
RICK ALLEN is a media and technology executive and has been a speechwriter, fundraiser, and state campaign manager for several presidential and Senate candidates. He also served as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton, helping to create AmeriCorps. He is the co-author and co-editor of RFK: His Words for Our Times.
KATHLEEN KENNEDY TOWNSEND has a distinguished history of accomplishment in the public arena and, for the last decade, in the private sector. As the State of Maryland’s first woman Lieutenant Governor, Ms. Townsend was in charge of a multimillion dollar budget and had oversight of major cabinet departments. She is on numerous boards, including those of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Points of Light Foundation, and the Center for American Progress. She is the eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy.
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