Barack Obama to be Given Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization announced that former President Barack Obama will be one of this year's laureates and be given the Ripple of Hope Award. RFK Human Rights, a human rights advocacy group, is named in honor of the former U.S. Senator and Attorney General, who fought for civil rights and social justice. This year marks 50 years since Kennedy's assassination in June of 1968, the same year he was campaigning for president. The Award recognizes those who work to advance the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy in these challenging modern times. "In his post-presidency, President Obama remains committed to lifting up the next generation of leaders through his work with the Obama Foundation," the group said. "Bobby Kennedy was one of my heroes," Obama said. "I first got into public service because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself, believing that my own salvation was bound up with the salvation of others. That's something he expressed far better than I ever could when he talked about the power that comes from acting on our ideals, those ripples of hope that can ‘sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” The awards ceremony will take place in New York in December 2018. More here.