American Delegation Visits Liliesleaf Farm to Honor Leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

American Delegation Visits Liliesleaf Farm to Honor Leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

Press Release
Embassy of the United States of America
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2016
For more information: Cynthia Harvey at USEmbassySAPress@state.gov

American Delegation Visits Liliesleaf Farm to Honor Leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle:  Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s Visit to South Africa

 

June 2, 2016 — U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard led a delegation of American leaders — including Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, and members of Congress Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Stephen Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) – for a visit to Liliesleaf Farm for a discussion with CEO Nicholas Wolpe and distinguished anti-Apartheid struggle leaders.  Among them were former President Motlanthe, former Speaker of the National Assembly Max Sisulu, Women’s March leader Sophie de Bruyn, and anti-Apartheid activists Andrew Mlangeni, Mosie Moolla, Elinor Sisulu, and Mavuso Msimang.  Representatives from the Kennedy family, RFK Human Rights, and the Faith & Politics Institute also joined the discussion.

Ambassador Gaspard said, “Liliesleaf is a place of remembrance and memorialization.  It is a place where we strive to remember the past as accurately and fully as possible, but where we also memorialize those parts that should guide our present and our future.  It is an honor to welcome Kerry Kennedy back to South Africa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of her father, Robert F. Kennedy’s, visit to South Africa in 1966.   Her visit, and that of a large delegation of Members of Congress, gives us an opportunity to honor the history our two countries have shared, and strengthen and enrich the partnership we have built.”

50th anniversary commemorative events have taken place this week across South Africa, including a panel presentation hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand entitled “Ripples of Hope: Robert F. Kennedy’s Historic 1966 Visit to South Africa – Its Significance Then and Now, a visit to the Luthuli Museum in Groutville (where Robert Kennedy met with banned ANC leader Albert Luthuli), and a public screening of the documentary “RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope.”  On June 4, Kerry Kennedy will deliver a keynote address at the University of Cape Town, site of her father’s famous speech about individuals rising against injustice and oppression.  For more information about this 50thanniversary commemoration, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter at USEmbassySA and #Ripples2016.

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