Captioning Support for Ted Kennedy DOL Hall of Honor Induction
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy’s administration began planning a Department of Labor (DOL) Hall of Fame to honor individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the “American way of work.” The Hall of Honor (as it’s now known) finally came to fruition in 1988, and since then it has celebrated numerous unique people and their achievements in the field of labor each year. On March 12th, 53 years after the JFK administration dreamed up the idea of a DOL Hall of Honor, President Kennedy’s youngest brother, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, became the most recent inductee.
NCC had the privilege of providing real-time captioning services for the induction of Senator Kennedy into the Hall. Our expert captioner provided real-time verbatim captions which were embedded in a webcast and streamed live on DOL’s website. The webcast and included captions can be viewed any time on DOL’s YouTube page.
Senator Kennedy joins 45 individuals and five groups of inductees in the Hall of Honor, which includes significant figures like Samuel Gompers, Robert Wood Johnson, Milton Hershey, and Hellen Keller, as well as 9/11 rescue workers and the Pioneers of the Farm Worker Movement. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez inducted the late senator in front of an audience of more than 400, which included Kennedy’s widow Vicki, his sons, and grandsons. Secretary Perez spoke glowingly of Senator Kennedy’s efforts not only in the labor movement but also across the wide spectrum of the civil rights movement.
The work we did for Ted Kennedy’s Hall of Honor induction continues our diverse array of recent captioning projects, which includes the Army Birthday Ball, the Dalai Lama’s lecture at NIH, a Federal Reserve Bank event featuring former Chairman Ben Bernanke, and several other noteworthy events.
We are proud to make communication and collaboration happen for DOL, as our reliable and accurate captioning enabled the Ted Kennedy Hall of Honor induction to be more accessible to a wide audience.