Gandhi, King, Kennedy and Civil Rights: A Conversation with Harris Wofford and Anthony Marx
Join us for an unforgettable discussion as Harris Wofford, a former US Senator, advisor to President Kennedy, and recent recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, relives his experiences of the civil rights movement and brings a unique perspective on historic figures including Martin Luther King Jr., President Kennedy, Rosa Parks and others who played important roles in the movement. Wofford will be joined by friend and colleague, Tony Marx, president and CEO of the New York Public Library.
Harris Wofford (pictured with President Obama receiving the Presidential Citizens Medal during a White House ceremony) served as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1995 and as the fifth president of Bryn Mawr College. He began his public service career as an attorney for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, serving from 1954 to 1958. He was an early supporter of the Civil Rights movement in the south in the late 1950s and became a friend and unofficial advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr.. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed him as a special assistant to the President on civil rights. He also served as chairman of the Subcabinet Group on Civil Rights. For more about Harris Wofford
Anthony W. Marx was appointed president and CEO of The New York Public Library in 2011, and has worked to expand the Library's essential role as a provider of free educational opportunities for all New Yorkers, focusing on increasing services to students, researchers, and scholars; improving educational programming in NYPL's 87 neighborhood branches; partnering with the city's Department of Education to increase public school access to critical learning materials; and expanding public access to e- books and other digital resources. For more about Anthony Marx