Thursday 1 January 1970

Freedom Fighters. The Kennedys and the battle for civil rights

25 October – 24 November 2013
curated by Alessandra Mauro and Sara Antonelli
MAXXI, Spazio D

Promoted by the RFK Center Europe in association with the United States Embassy in Italy and curated by Contrasto and the FORMA Foundation for Photography, the exhibition “Freedom Fighters. The Kennedys and the battle for civil rights’ is being staged for the first time in Rome on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on 22 November 1963. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington organized by Martin Luther King on the 28th of August 1963 in support of the rights of Afro-Americans. The exhibition is being staged in collaboration with MAXXI and with the contribution of the Fondazione Roma.

Around 80 photos will be on show at MAXXI commemorating the long battle for civil rights and the important role played by the brothers John and Robert Kennedy. In parallel, Gruppo Sorgente will be presenting a selection of images on the same theme at the Galleria Alberto Sordi in Via del Corso, Rome.

Il presidente John F. Kennedy e il ministro della giustizia Robert F. Kennedy nel colonnato dell

John e Robert Kennedy

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and faith that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance”, said Robert F. Kennedy