Remembering Bobby Kennedy

Bobby Kennedy   Photo by TIME.

Bobby Kennedy Photo by TIME.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s death. On June 6, 1968, Bobby Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, just moments after he won the California presidential primary. Americans today still remember and celebrate the life of this loved Kennedy family member.

Some may wonder why or how Kennedy was such a compelling and intensely supported leader. He is portrayed in the media as an “American hero” or “the leader we need today,” according to MSNBC. Does it run in the family? Was it his liberal politics? The answer is simply: many valid reasons. However, Bobby is best known for his open advocacy for the civil rights movement. His goal was to unite all working people and to guide equality during this time. Kennedy really took the time and efforts to understand race and poverty; he took multiple trips across the country, initiated projects for the underprivileged and even formed relationships with other leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.

Kennedy told an interviewer on the last night of his life, “If the division continues, we’re going to have nothing but chaos and havoc here in the United States.”

So, even though Bobby didn’t get the opportunity to fulfill his candidacy, he will always be remembered for his legacy, leadership for human rights and social justice and the imprint he left on America. #RFK50