Robert Kennedy, Jr. To Speak in Jonesboro

October 9, 2003 - Posted at 12:31 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Noted environmental activist and speaker Robert Kennedy, Jr. will speak on November 5 at Arkansas State University's Fowler Center.  The lecture is set for 8 p.m. in Riceland Hall.

Kennedy, an attorney and university instructor, is considered a resolute defender of the environment stemming from a litany of successful legal actions.  He has prosecuted governments and companies for polluting the Hudson River and Long Island Sound.  He has also sued sewage treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act.

Kennedy is also a political acitivist.  In 2001, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail for civil disobedience in Puerto Rico, after taking part in a protest against U.S. Naval bombing exercises that take place there each year.

Kennedy is the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, who served as U.S. Attorney General during the early 1960's.  His father was a Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination in 1968.