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RFK: Leader of Social Change

May 31, 2009
Robert F. Kennedy, Cabinet Room, White House, ...

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I finished watching last night a three hour PBS documentary (American Experience) on the Kennedy clan. I’ve read a lot on JFK but never really appreciated his brother Bobby. His loyalty to JFK during his ascendancy to president and how he served him as Attorney General was remarkable.

After JFK’s assasination, Bobby eventually redirected his loss and mourning to social change in America. His perseverance, focus and ethics in addressing the inequities facing Blacks, Hispanics and the poor has yet to be replicated by any succeeding politician.

I still remember waking up at 5:30 am in 1968 to deliver the Montreal Gazette the morning after Bobby Kennedy was assasinated and hearing the news on the radio. I immediately ran into my parents’ bedroom to break the news. A lot is being made about President Obama’s social change agenda. But will he succeed, given his numerous other competing issues and priorities?

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