Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, will discuss her father's legacy on the 50th anniversary of his announcing that he was running for president on Friday at the Riverside Church in New York City.
The occasion is a gala for Irish Stand, a grassroots movement devoted to civil rights protection for all immigrants.
Friday marks 50 years to the day when RFK, then a U.S. senator from New York, threw his hat in the ring as a challenger to incumbent Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson. After LBJ pulled out, RFK would face Sen. Eugene McCarthy and Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
But RFK's dream of winning the White House some five years after his brother President John F. Kennedy was shot dead by Lee Harvey Oswald was dashed when he himself was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Kerry, a human rights activist, will be joined at the event by Colum McCann, author of "Let the Great World Spin," comedian Maeve Higgins, journalist Mona Eltahawy, CNN Contributor, Joan Walsh, Irish Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, and Irish MP Colum Eastwood.
Proceeds from the event will support the New York Civil Liberties Union and their work to with immigrants needing legal services.
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