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John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Announces Partnership with The Earthshot Prize

September 13, 2021

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation today announced a new partnership with The Earthshot Prize. Launched in 2020 by Prince William and The Royal Foundation, The Earthshot Prize takes inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice University which united millions of people around the goal of reaching the Moon before the end of the decade. The Earthshot Prize aims to channel that same spirit of collective action and optimism to discover, celebrate and scale cutting-edge solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges to help repair the planet by 2030.

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JFK Presidential Library and Museum to Reopen on July 4th Weekend

June 9, 2021

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum today announced that it will reopen to the public on weekends with reduced hours beginning Saturday, July 3. In appreciation of the significant sacrifices that were made by everyone over the past year to keep people safe, admission to the Museum will be free in July and August.

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John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest Winner Describes Police Reform in New Jersey

May 12, 2021

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation today announced that Anna Dougherty, a sophomore at Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey, has won the national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students. The winning essay describes the political courage of Dana Redd, the first black woman to serve as mayor of Camden, New Jersey. Mayor Redd faced fierce opposition when she made the difficult decision to disband her city’s police force to form a county-run police department. Dougherty writes that by standing firm in her unpopular choice, Mayor Redd took personal and professional risks to make Camden safer for its residents. Dougherty concludes that Redd’s act of political courage benefitted the city of Camden, as crime rates decreased after the new country-run department was established.

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Harris County, Texas Judge Lina Hidalgo and Data for Black Lives Founder Yeshi Milner to Receive John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards

April 19, 2021

Harris County, Texas Judge Lina Hidalgo will receive the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award for her early and swift response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the nearly 5 million residents in Harris County, Texas. Hidalgo also expanded protections for the LGBTQ+ community, reformed the cash bail system, and organized new flood control policies in the wake of climate change increasing flood risks. Data for Black Lives (D4BL) founder Yeshimabeit Milner will also be honored with the New Frontier Award for her tireless efforts using data analysis to expose systematic racism faced by Black Americans in their daily lives.

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JFK Library Celebrates 2020/2021 PEN Hemingway Awards

April 10, 2021

Debut authors Kawai Strong Washburn and Ruchika Tomar won the 2021 and 2020 PEN/Hemingway Awards, honoring a distinguished first book of fiction, for their novels  Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel (Macmillan) and A Prayer for Travelers (Riverhead).  Seán Hemingway, the grandson of Ernest Hemingway, will honor Kawai Strong Washburn and Ruchika Tomar on Sunday, April 11, in a virtual celebration hosted by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the world’s major repository of Ernest Hemingway’s personal papers. The winners will receive a cash prize underwritten by the Ernest Hemingway family and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation.  

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U.S. Senator Mitt Romney to Receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

March 26, 2021

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced today that U.S Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) will receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his historic vote to convict President Donald J. Trump in 2020 in the Presidential Impeachment Trial. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will present the award as part of a virtual ceremony in May 2021.

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