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  • RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope

RFK In the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple Of Hope | Trailer | PBS

Duration: 02:30
Program: RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope

Featuring never before seen archival footage, and interviews in South Africa and the United States, filmmakers Larry Shore and Tami Gold tell the little-known story of Senator Robert Kennedy's influential June 1966 visit to South Africa during the worst years of Apartheid. The film is a unique portrait of Senator Kennedy in action at an important moment in American and South African history. Robert Kennedy's visit gave South African opponents of Apartheid -- both black and white -- hope and courage to challenge the apartheid system at a time when they felt isolated and few in the outside world knew what was happening in South Africa. His visit also highlighted the parallels in the fight against racism in South Africa and in the United States, where Martin Luther King Jr., had linked the struggle for Civil Rights with the fight against Apartheid. RFK IN THE LAND OF APARTHEID follows Kennedy in South Africa during the five-day visit, including his famous "Day of Affirmation" speech at the University of Cape Town on June 6, 1966. The speech is generally considered to be the greatest speech of Robert Kennedy's career.

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Post Date: June 1, 2011