Delta Epiphany: RFK In Mississippi
June 18, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.| $15
Robert Kennedy encountered the stark reality of poverty in America in the spring of 1967 when he visited the Mississippi Delta as part of a Senate subcommittee investigation of poverty programs. In Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi, author Ellen Meacham explores how that brief visit helped shape Kennedy’s policy views just one year before he ran for president, and how the children he met in Mississippi were affected over the decades by the confluence of history, economics and politics.
Come listen to Meacham as she shares how Kennedy visited places others would not go to see poverty for himself. Kennedy was stunned by what he found in Mississippi, and the press coverage that followed him exposed the nation to what he had witnessed. What he found in the Mississippi Delta motivated him to work for change in ways that still reverberate today.
A book signing will follow the program.
About Ellen Meacham
An award-winning newspaper reporter for more than 20 years, Ellen Meacham is on the faculty of the University of Mississippi’s journalism school, where she teaches news reporting and editing. Meacham’s extensive contacts within the state’s political and journalistic circles combined with a master’s degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi give her exceptional insights to understand and share the historic and present-day culture of the Mississippi Delta. Published by the University Press of Mississippi, Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi is available in the Museum’s bookstore and online at jfk.org.