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Ripple of Hope

Ripple of Hope: To Seek a Newer World

50 years ago, in the midst of war, domestic crisis, and a Presidential election, the US lost within two months its two most dynamic and promising leaders, when first Martin Luther King Jr., and then Robert F. Kennedy, were cut down by assassins' bullets. RFK had emerged as the election favorite, building a coalition that cute across all lines of race, age, opinion and social and economic class.  He proposed a dramatic project of American renewal, grounded on personal action, peace, love and the wisdom born from tragedy, in his 1968 Presidential campaign.  Jefferson College is hosting Adam Walinsky, RFK's aide and speech writer, to discuss the legacies and relevance of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and their shared visions for our nation.

Wednesday, April 11

  • Jefferson College Arnold, Room 323 (Lecture Hall)
  • 6:30 pm, Doors Open
  • 7 pm, Discussion with Adam Walinsky
  • Reception to Follow

Thursday, April 12

  • Jefferson College Hillsboro, Little Theatre
  • 2 - 4 pm, Student/Community Discussion (Breakout Session)
  • 7 pm, Discussion with Adam Walinsky
  • Reception to Follow

Watch a small fragment of Robert F. Kennedy's - Day of Affirmation Address in South Africa (also known as 'Ripple of Hope' speech).

For more information, please contact: 
Mark Byington, (636) 481-3373,

Previous Ripple of Hope Events:

September 18, 2017 - Life
Discussion lead by Karen Aroesty, Regional Director of Mo./Southern Illinois, Eastern KS Anti Defamation League. This was a follow-up event for our common read of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project.

April 21, 2017 - The Power of One
Featured a panel of five local change makers who recognized a problem in their community and have taken action to create a solution.

April 22, 2016 - Building a Culture of Peace Through the Power of Education
Feature a panel of five local leaders representing non-Christian faith traditions who shared recent experiences of the media’s representation of their faith and how their communities have responded to correct or clarify the public’s overall perceptions.

April 24, 2015 - From Violence to Peace
The basis for the program will be the 45-minute independent historical documentary A Ripple of Hope that retells the events of April 4, 1968, the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis and retraces the steps of Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy as he adsorbs the news of the killing and responds with courage, compassion and responsibility.