Marian Wright Edelman, Harry Belafonte, Cesar Chavez discussed on The Frame

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I think you see a calmness about him particularly at the end of his life he's doing exactly what he was meant to do and everything you know whether good or horrific has contributed to the politician that he would become you look at a number of social issues that bobby kennedy really cared about i'm gonna talk about children and poverty and this is a clip from marian wright edelman who is a leading advocate for children she founded the children's defense fund and she's talking about kennedy's transformation after he sees poor children robert kennedy was not poor i thought it was going to be listening and learning is also very curious he didn't talk a whole lot but he would ask a lot of questions you know anything about the program no and i was very moved by how he related to children so kennedy was born into money and he jokes in the documentary at one point that he doesn't even need to run for office because he's got so much money lying around how did kennedy come to see people less fortunate than himself and why did he care so much about income disparity in poverty i think there were a number of factors that contributed to his his empathy and i think that empathy was sincere one was certainly his religion he was a very very devout catholic and he took the messages of his church to heart another was how important his politics and service a life of service was important in his family and was dressed in his family but i think one of the most significant was his interactions with people who were concerned about marginalized communities his interactions with harry belafonte with james baldwin with cesar chavez and dolores huerta and those people invited him to come see for himself to come experience what poverty actually was and you know to their credit they invited him and to his credit he accepted one of the things i wanted to get across is that this was a process it was a.

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