Don’t Just Quote My Father, Follow His Example

Reflecting on the anniversary of RFK’s death, Kerry Kennedy calls on our country’s leaders to carry on his legacy with empathy and hope.


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Robert F. Kennedy, shown in this April 4, 1968, file photo, as he speaks to an Indianapolis crowd telling them of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

(CNN)A year ago, our nation was gripped by protests over the repeated killings of Black Americans at the hands of police.

A year ago, my good friend Rep. John Lewis was still with us. He died last July, at the age of 80, after a lifetime of dedicated service to our country.

In recent months, we've seen direct assaults on the causes to which Lewis and my father, Robert F. Kennedy, were devoted: equal rights for all Americans and the right to demand better.

The 53rd anniversary of my father's de