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October 17, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Community No Comments
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Philip A. Goduti, Jr.

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Philip A. Goduti, Jr., Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Quinnipiac University will speak on his most recent book, “Robert F. Kennedy and the Shaping of Civil Rights, 1960-1964.” as part of the Trinity Arts Series to be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 River Road (Rt. 179), Collinsville, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
The public is invited. $ 5 admission at the door, children under 12 free.
“Robert F. Kennedy doesn’t get all of the credit he deserves for advancing the civil rights movement in the United States.”

“Philip A. Goduti Jr., adjunct professor of history, sets out to prove that point in his latest book, “Robert F. Kennedy and the Shaping of Civil Rights, 1960-1964.”
“Bobby Kennedy is a compelling figure in U.S. history who was somewhat pushed to the sidelines after his brother’s assassination,” Goduti said. “He gets overlooked and almost marginalized in the history of the civil rights movement. This book is about how Bobby Kennedy, in the early 1960s, helped to change America’s mindset, which eventually led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.”

“Goduti’s new book takes readers from the late 1950s, before John F. Kennedy was elected president, and examines the evolution of John and Bobby Kennedy, and civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and John Lewis during a turbulent, often violent, period in American history.”

“Racism was rampant in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s,” said Goduti, who earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Quinnipiac in 1997. “When all of these men met on the national stage in the early 1960s, it was fascinating. The combined efforts of the Kennedy brothers and civil rights leaders paved the way for future civil rights legislation by changing the atmosphere in the nation to one of acceptance and opportunity for African Americans and other minority groups. The election of 1960 set the Kennedy’s, King and Lewis, among others, down a path to evoking that change on the national stage.”
Philip A. Goduti, Jr. is a writer, teacher and Kennedy expert. His first book “Kennedy’s Kitchen Cabinet and the Pursuit of Peace: The Shaping of American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963” was published by McFarland and Co., Inc. His second book, entitled “Robert F. Kennedy and the Shaping of Civil Rights, 1960-1964,” was published in 2013 also by McFarland. He is finishing a book tentatively entitled “Crossroads of America: RFK, MLK, LBJ and the Foundation of a New American Identity, 1964-1968,” which is slated for publication in 2017.
In addition to the above books Goduti has written articles for magazines and newspapers. He recently published an article entitled “The Young President” in the magazine “Kennedy: His Life and Legacy,” which was a 50th anniversary commemorative edition and has also done freelance work for the Hamden Chronicle and Providence Journal Bulletin. 

Goduti has consulted for several media outlets as an expert in United States history, American foreign policy and the Kennedy era. Faith Middleton of National Public Radio interviewed him when his book, “Kennedy’s Kitchen Cabinet,” was published in 2009. He was featured on The Jim Bohannon Show for the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination and was a guest on the Studio 411 talk program on NutmegTV . In addition he was interviewed by NBC-CT, FOX-CT, WFSB-CT,  ABC-CT News as well as the New Haven Register, the Connecticut Post and the Hartford Courant. On the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination Goduti participated in a national radio tour with Fox News affiliates to discuss the Kennedy legacy. He has also given interviews on SiriusXM Radio as well as local radio stations such as WDRC-AM, WTIC-AM and WQUN-AM. 

Goduti has been teaching US history for nearly twenty years. He is as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Quinnipiac University and a full-time history teacher at Somers High School in Somers, CT.

Following the lecture and Q & A, there will be a Meet & Greet where “Robert F. Kennedy and the Shaping of Civil Rights, 1960-1964.” will be available for purchase and inscription by Prof. Goduti.

For further information, contact Stars & LegendsCT Productions 860 751-4924 or @ starsandlegendsct@yahoo.com

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