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ROBERT F. KENNEDY(1925 - 1968) American politician who successfully managed his brother John's presidential campaign and was later appointed Attorney General. He was assassinated in 1968 while running for president. Important D.S. "Robert Kennedy", 4pp. 6" x 9", Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966, the program for the historic "A Tiny Ripple of Hope" speech given by Kennedy at Jameson Hall at the University of Cape Town on "The National Day of Affirmation of Academic and Human Freedom", sponsored by the National Union of South African Students. Within, the organization prints its dedication to the pursuit of a policy allowing enrollment of any student, regardless of race, with educational institutions being freed from governmental policies of apartheid. Kennedy boldly signs the cover in blue ink at center left. Two file holes at left margin, a small puncture within, light soiling, else very good. With an 8" x 10" photo of RFK delivering a speech. On June 6, 1966 Jameson Hall was packed and a vast crowd outside waited for the 40- year old Democratic Senator to deliver his speech. Kennedy began in a thin, wavering voice to compare the United States and South Africa. His voice gathered strength as he went on to say: "We must recognise the full human equality of all our people- before God, before the law, and in the councils of government. We must do this, not because it is economically advantageous - although it is; not because the laws of God and man command it - although they do command it; not because people in other lands wish it so. We must do it for the single and fundamental reason that it is the right thing to do". He then exhorted his largely student audience to reject the idea that they could do nothing about the world's problems. "...It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is 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 centres of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance...". His UCT speech is recognized by scholars of Kennedy as the finest he ever delivered. It included sentences that his brother was to quote at his funeral and that are inscribed on the walls of the John F Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Kennedy himself was
Estimate $ 800-1,000

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