Book and Journalism Awards

The Robert F. Kennedy Book Award was founded in 1980 with the proceeds from Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.’s bestselling biography, Robert Kennedy and His Times. Each year, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights presents an award to the book that, as Schlesinger said, "most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy’s purposes – his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity."

Launched in 1969 by the reporters who covered Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign, the prestigious RFK Journalism Awards honor a free and fair press and celebrate media professionals whose work explores issues of human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action.

2021 Book and Journalism Awards Ceremony

In June 2021, we celebrated 17 frontline storytellers and their courageous work to hold the powerful accountable at our annual Book and Journalism Awards ceremony. We’re proud to honor journalists’ determined pursuit of facts during what was an intense and tumultuous year. And the winner of this year's RFK Book Award asks readers to reckon with some difficult truths in our history as we chart the path forward.