Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy

Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy was a historic event that the Hub for Urban Initiatives coordinated in partnership with the RFK Community Schools at the same site where the Ambassador Hotel once stood and where RFK’s Presidential campaign ended on that fateful day 50 years ago after giving a victory speech upon winning the Presidential California Primary. 

Elected officials who honored RFK included:

  • Congressman Jimmy Gomez;
  • California Senate President pro Tem Emeritus Kevin de León;
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas;
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu; and
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Mónica García. 

Distinguished panelists, who knew and worked with RFK, participated in a commemorative conversation: 

  • Dolores Huerta, labor leader and civil rights activist who supported and advised RFK;
  • Jeff Greenfield, award-winning television journalist and author or co-author of 13 books and numerous articles in well-known publications, who served as a speechwriter for RFK;
  • Paul Schrade, labor leader and civil rights activist, who was labor chair of RFK’s presidential campaign in 1968;
  • Peter Edelman, law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, who worked for RFK as a legislative advisor and author of Searching for America’s Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope

Roosevelt Grier, actor, singer, minister, and former football player, who volunteered during the 1968 Presidential campaign, attended. 

Photos taken by event photographers during the commemorative event are now available. Click here to see the photos

Photos also include an art exhibit by students of the RFK School of Visual Arts and Humanities.

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