Claire Rudolf Murphy: Martin and Bobby
Please join us in welcoming Claire Rudolf Murphy in-store to discuss the special relationship between Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.! After Claire's presentation, a panel of leaders from local high schools and colleges will share what leadership means to them and is needed from our national officials and young Americans involved in protest movements.
About "Martin and Bobby: A Journey Toward Justice":
"In Martin and Bobby: A Journey Toward Justice, author Claire Rudolf Murphy introduces readers ages 10 and up to the story of how Kennedy and Dr. King went from adversaries to allies in a decades-long struggle to break down the barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their basic civil rights. Within these pages, Murphy not only explores the societal issues Americans faced throughout the 1960s, but also emphasizes the importance of a nation built on inclusiveness—a vision that offers crucial insight in a divisive era. Murphy believes that introducing future generations to the story of these two men will inspire them to continue fighting the ongoing challenges of racial and economic inequality."
About Claire Rudolf Murphy:
Claire Rudolf Murphy is the author of 16 award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, including "Gold Rush Women", "Children of Alcatraz", "Marching with Aunt Susan", and "My Country ‘Tis of Thee". Since 2008 she has taught in Hamline University’s low residency Writing for Children and Young Adults graduate program. She lives in Spokane, Washington. Visit her at www.clairerudolfmurphy.com.
About the Panel:
Devon Wilson is a board Director for the Center for Justice, and serves on the Washington State Coordinating Committee for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He now works as a Public Policy and Development Manager for a regional nonprofit that provides health services to families and individuals, regardless of ability to pay. Devon will serve as moderator.
Malachi Areta is a freshman at Whitworth University in the Act Six scholar program. At Ferris High school he was ASB president, and the captain of the football, wrestling, and track teams.
Madeline Isacoff is an eighth-grader at Chase Middle School where she serves as ASB vice-president and editor of the school's yearbook.
Jada Richardson is a sophomore at Innovation High School where she is involved in many organizations, such as the MLK Community Outreach Center and the youth chapter of the NAACP. She enjoys activism and am always looking for opportunities to listen and learn from people in my community.
Caroline Slater is a senior at Lewis and Clark High School. Last April 20th she organized the city-wide student walkout in order to draw attention to school safety and gun control issues. An actress, who started acting professionally at age 9, she plans to pursue the performing arts next year in college.
8th grader Asher Steer is a founding student of Pride Prep and has served as a student ambassador
Celia Vigil is a second-year, full-time college student at Spokane Falls Community College, and also a senior at Ferris High School (Running Start), set to graduate with a high school diploma and AA degree this spring. Her leadership journey started in middle school through community service, including a summer volunteering in the Teen Leadership Program at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. At SFCC she serves as Academic Vice President and head of the Senate. She hopes to serve in law, public policy, government, and run for office someday.
Martin and Bobby follows the lives, words, and final days of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Initially wary of one another, their relationship evolved from challenging and testing each other to finally “arriving in the same place” as allies fighting poverty and racism.