Robert Kennedy championed the disenfranchised from Watts to the Mississippi Delta. He battled corrupt union bosses and protected Alabama Freedom Riders. He embraced Cesar Chavez and opposed the Vietnam War. He fought racism, lauded courage, and called for peace. He soothed those who suffered, and he suffered himself.
Merging undaunted courage and emotional honesty in the quest for social, economic, and racial justice, the hope of youth, the mindless menace of violence, the struggle in cities, and the challenges faced by rural America, Robert Kennedy remains a hero and an inspiration to individuals on the entire range of the political spectrum.
To honor her father on the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Kerry Kennedy has turned to others to share how he influenced their lives-from politics: Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Lewis, Barack Obama; from business: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz; from entertainment: Tony Bennett, Alfre Woodard, Martin Sheen, and Shirley MacLaine; from Journalism: Chris Matthews, Soledad O'Brien, Joe Scarborough; as well as American labor leader Dolores Huerta, feminist Gloria Steinem, and many other well-known personalities.