JCRC, History Museum plan RFK remembrance event

The Missouri History Museum in collaboration with the Barbara and Michael Newmark Institute for Human Relations at the JCRC will host “A Shattered Nation: A Remembrance of Robert F. Kennedy” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at the Missouri History Museum (in the Lee Auditorium). 

The event will reflect on the 50th anniversary of the day Robert F. Kennedy was mortally wounded at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968, just after winning the California presidential primaries. Using archival film footage from Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, the event will look at the life and legacy of RFK. 

The evening will culminate with a fireside chat featuring St. Louis American Publisher and Executive Director Dr. Donald Suggs and Jewish Light Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Robert A. Cohn, who will discuss the importance of 1968 and the death of RFK, as well as the local impact of that year and the civil rights movement. Will Ross, associate dean for diversity at Washington University School of Medicine, will moderate the discussion. 

The evening will include:

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• An introduction from Chris Martinez, manager of media archives and digital assets for the Missouri Historical Society

• A showing of two of Guggenheim’s films, “Robert Kennedy Remembered” and “A Time for Justice: America’s Civil Rights Movement.”

The event is the second program in a two-part series. The first program, “A Shattered Nation: A 50-Year Retrospective of the Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy,”was held at the Missouri History Museum on April 10, in partnership with the Newmark Institute. Pulitzer Prize- winning columnist Eugene Robinson led an engaging discussion commemorating the lives and legacies of MLK and RFK, and the civil rights movement. 

The event is free and open to the community.

Dr. Ira Kodner, Marylen Mann and Phyllis Markus are co-chairs of the series.