National Press Club

Watch documentary depicting Robert F. Kennedy's visit to South Africa with International Correspondents team, May 10

April 21, 2019 | By Aileen Roberta Schlef | creativealliance@msn.com

Robert F. Kennedy met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Luthuli,  a teacher,  activist and president of the African National Congress living under house arrest.

Robert F. Kennedy met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Luthuli, a teacher, activist and president of the African National Congress living under house arrest.

The documentary "RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope" will be screened at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 10, at the National Press Club followed by a discussion and audience question-and-answer session with producer/director Larry Shore of Hunter College and Robert F. Kenndy's daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland.

Event tickets are $5 for Club members  and $10 for the general public. Students with a student ID will be admitted free of charge. Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.

First released in 2011, the documentary is returning to public awareness as South Africa and the United States continue to contend with ongoing racial and economic disparities. The film tells the story of Sen. Robert Kennedy’s five-day visit in June 1966 to South Africa at the height of Apartheid.

The footage includes Kennedy's oft-quoted “Day of Affirmation” speech at the University of Cape Town on June 6, 1966, and his visit to Stellenbosch, the pro-apartheid Afrikaans university. During the visit, Kennedy also met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Luthuli, a teacher, activist and president of the African National Congress living under house arrest, and visited the black township of Soweto.

The film draws the connections between the struggle for racial equality in the United States and South Africa.

The documentary’s original soundtrack is by Jason Moran, the American jazz pianist, composer and educator who recently appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

For more information about the event, please email Aileen Roberta Schlef at creativealliance@msn.com or ICC Co-Chair Carmen Russell Sluchansky at carmen.russell@gmail.com.