The Life and Legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Jul 11, 2018

Eunice Kennedy Shriver is widely known as the founder of Special Olympics and the sister of the famous brothers, Jack, Bobby, and Teddy. She was also a persistent and effective lobbyist, ran the Kennedy family foundation distributing millions of dollars to charity, and was the impetus behind a major civil rights movement: the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities into mainstream society. Why have the accomplishments of Eunice Kennedy Shriver garnered so little attention? Eileen McNamara hopes to change that. She’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent nearly three decades at the Boston Globe and is now director of the journalism program at Brandeis University. Her new book is Eunice, The Kennedy Who Changed the World.