Library to host Kennedy performer

Meier as Robert Kennedy

Meier as Robert Kennedy

SIDNEY — Jeremy Meier, a humanities scholar who performs as Robert F. Kennedy, will visit the Amos Public Library, 230 E. North St., at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, to present his free adult workshop titled, “Kennedy Men: Father and Sons.”

Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy (Nov. 20, 1925–June 6, 1968) was an American politician and lawyer who served as a U.S. senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. He was the 64th U.S. attorney general from January 1961 to September 1964, serving under his older brother, President John F. Kennedy, and his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1968, Kennedy was a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency; he ran on a platform of racial and economic justice, nonaggression in foreign policy, decentralization of power and social change. A crucial element of his campaign was an engagement with the young, whom he identified as being the future of a reinvigorated American society based on partnership and equality.

Joseph Kennedy would have a son for the presidency. Or was it a president for a son? In this workshop, participants will discuss the Kennedy legacy as Joe Sr. envisioned, including what made eldest son Joe Jr. an idealized fit for the Kennedy legacy, how JFK’s misgivings of politics had made it difficult for him to embrace his father’s expectations, and why by 1968, Bobby had become the best fit for his father’s lofty ambitions. Joseph Kennedy Sr. outlived these three sons.

The program is presented courtesy of Ohio Chautauqua 2018: Modern Legends.

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