Soon after Robert Kennedy’s assassination, his family and friends created the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. In the words of his wife Ethel, the Memorial sought to act as a “catalyst” in addressing a variety of the nation’s problems.
The first major project was the RFK FELLOWS PROGRAM, which sent young professionals to American locales that needed strategies and operations to combat poverty, discrimination, and injustice.
It also provided leadership training for young community activists eager to utilize the resources and connections available through the RFK Fellows Program.
More than one thousand applicants applied to participate.