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RFK: A Legacy of Advocacy

Meena Bose
Dr. Meena Bose

Dr. Meena Bose, professor of political science, director of the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, and executive dean for Public Policy and Public Service programs, and Dr. Carolyn Eisenberg, professor of history, were interviewed by Newsday for an article commemorating the assassination of Robert Kennedy 50 years ago.

Kennedy, who was killed after winning the California Democratic primary, was celebrated as a champion of civil rights and economic justice. Dr. Bose said Robert Kennedy’s death at the young age of 42 meant his legacy was “one of unfulfilled promise. …  It was a legacy more of advocacy than policy.”

He “would bring together groups that were splintering . . . and was able to find a place to stand where white working-class people, black people and young people could still find common ground,” said Dr. Eisenberg.

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