Today, is the 45th anniversary of the death of Robert F. Kennedy. He died on June 6, 1968. On June 6, 1966, he said the following in the Day of Affirmation speech to university students in Cape Town, South Africa.
“Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation…Thousands of unknown men and women in Europe resisted the occupation of the Nazis and many died, but all added to the ultimate strength and freedom of their countries. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage such as these that the belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Abraham, Martin and John
Here’s Generation X rocker Jon Bon Jovi singing Dion’s Abraham, Martin and John. It’s about four assassinated Americans who were agents for social change: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. King was a member of the Silent Generation. JFK and RFK were both members of the G.I. Generation, sometimes called the Greatest Generation.
Didn’t you love the things that they stood for?
Didn’t they try to find some good for you and me?
And we’ll be free
Some day soon, and it’s a-gonna be one day …
Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill,
With Abraham, Martin and John.
–From Dion and Abraham, Martin and John
RFK Family Pictures