Robert F Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy and President discussed on Diane Rehm: On My Mind

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Hi, it's Diane. Great to be with you on my mind is weak. It's been fifty years since Robert F Kennedy says Nate and. On Wednesday, I spent the morning at Arlington cemetery. It was gloriously sunny day and as many as people or more were prison. Including his without Ethel. Her ninety. Her grandson congressman, Joe Kennedy. The third pointed out his remarks. She still, we urge her wedding ring. For the show this week is spoke with Kennedy's daughter, Kerry. She's been talking to some of the biggest names in politics, business and entertainment about her father's legacy. What she found was that Bobby Kennedy's message still feel surprisingly relevant carriers pulled together these conversations into a new book, Robert F Kennedy, ripples hope. The title comes from speech. Her vonda Gabe in South Africa in nineteen sixty six at the height part. Each time, a man stand up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice. He sends for they tiny ripple of hope and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring. Those ripples build a current which can fleet down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Kerry Kennedy. It's good to have you here. It's great to be here. Thanks, Diane, fifty years ago. Your father was shot. Did you were eight years old at the time? And yet you see his messages as absolutely relevant today. Talk about those messages. Well, you know when daddy ran for president, he said, peace, Justice and compassion towards those who suffer. That's what the United States should stand. For and that's why I run for president of the United States. Try to imagine an American president saying peace Justice and compassion towards those who suffer. Those are messages that are so far apart from what we here today and yet so needed in our country. And in our world, he ran for president in nineteen sixty eight at a time when our country was so severely divided no time since then in the last fifty years have we been as divided as we are today as we were then? But you know up to Dr Martin Luther King was killed, a hundred twenty five cities were inflamed. Generally remember there were protests against the Vietnam war that was enormous anger and rage between old and young and our country black and white, rich and poor. And daddy's campaign was really about trying to heal those divisions about finding common ground about bringing our country together. He also talked way back then about guns. He did. He's spoken workin about the need for a reasonable gun control in the very very talent where forty years later, there was one of the mass killings and his said, people who do not have the emotional capacity to to be responsible with guns shouldn't have to. And he talked about his own brother being killed, and I'm so proud that we are giving the Robert Kennedy human. In rights word this year to the students from parkland along with three other groups of student leaders in our country because of their work. I'm interested in how you chose the people that you talk with or who wrote about your father in this book, Robert Kennedy, ripples of hope. Well, it was really looking for a variety of people. I've wanted people who considered my father, a hero and who have had an impact on our country and on the wider world and from a range of different places. So politics, it's Bill Clinton and Barack Obama from the corporate world. It's Howard Schultz and Tim cook from entertainment. It's Harry Belafonte, Bano church Clooney. And then of course, there's really wonderful women. Gloria Steinem who actually covered my father when she was a journalist in New York, ladonna Harris, the great native American leader and many others care through your interviews in this book and through what other people have written. What were some common themes that you heard? Well, a people talked about my father's courage. They talked about his moral imagination. This is the capacity for empathy at times that were very highly intensive. His moral imagination saved us from nuclear annihilation during the Cuban missile crisis because premier Khruschev was at the time had all this rhetoric about war, but my father, along with my uncle, Jag were able to understand that Khrushchev had. His own Sobia military industrial complex, which was forcing him into that position, and they understood that he personally actually didn't want to go to war and he would like to find a way out and because they were able to imagine what Khrushchev words doing. They were able to save us for more. This came up again after talked her Martin Luther, King died, and daddy was facing a crowd about a thousand people in Indianapolis that very night on April. Fourth, some

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