Robert F. Kennedy, Race and Politics During the 1960s

No national political figure was more profoundly influenced by African American protests in the 1960s and the conditions they revealed than Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy’s response to the demands of the civil rights movement, his exposure to urban poverty, and his evolving understanding of race as a formative force in American life shaped his public life and helped define his political leadership. Join historian Patricia Sullivan as she explores the development of Kennedy’s ideas and politics in relationship to the civil rights struggles and racial divisions of the 1960s.

About Patricia Sullivan...

Sullivan is Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and a VFH Fellow. Her books include Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement and Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era. She is co-director of an NEH Summer Institute at Harvard University on African American Struggles for Freedom and Citizenship.

VFH Fellows’ Lunchtime presentations are held monthly at the City Council Chambers. For more information, contact Ann White Spencer, aspencer@virginia.edu.

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