Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., son of late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy and nephew of late US President John F. Kennedy, and his family members are scheduled to visit Bangladesh from October 29 to November 5, to mark a milestone of the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of US-Bangladesh relations.
Under the auspices of the US Department of State’s Speakers Program, Mr. Kennedy will speak at Dhaka University to commemorate the legacy of his father as a staunch advocate for Bangladesh’s fight for independence and will visit the banyan tree his father planted to symbolize the friendship between the United States and Bangladesh, a US embassy press release said.
As a lawyer and advocate for civil rights of individuals with disabilities, he will also deliver a lecture on disability rights at the Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts.
During the one-week visit to Bangladesh, the Kennedy family will visit various cultural attractions and meet with civil society representatives, U.S. government-sponsored exchange program alumni, Bangladeshi government officials, including the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.
His accompanying family members include: Dr. Katherine “Kiki” Kennedy (wife), Dr. Kiley Kennedy (daughter), Teddy Kennedy (son), Grace Kennedy Allen (niece), and Max Allen (nephew).