Robert F. Kennedy spoke at UB in 1968.
Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also called “RFK,” was one of two younger brothers of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and was appointed by his brother as Attorney General for his administration. As one of President Kennedy’s most trusted advisors, RFK worked closely with the President during the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the subsequent Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1964, after his brother’s death, Kennedy was elected to the U.S. Senate from the state of New York. He was assassinated in 1968 shortly after delivering a speech celebrating his victory in the California presidential primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
RFK’s resounding legacy is in the domain of civil rights. Along with his brother, he brought the first sense of justice for minorities to the White House—though, like many of their generation, the brothers were slow to grasp the monumental injustice of racism in America. He admitted; “I won’t say I stayed awake nights worrying about civil rights before I became Attorney General, but my fundamental belief is that all people are created equal.”
In the mid-1960s “Bobby” became the voice of a socially-conscious young America as he embraced the causes not just of black America, but of all minorities, as well as that of the impoverished in America and throughout the world.