Daughter recalls historic Day of Affirmation Speech by Robert F. Kennedy in SA

Robert F. Kennedy's daughter, Kerry Kennedy, attended a panel discussion on the his historic 1966 visit to South Africa, hosted by the Wits School of Governance.

On 6 June 1966, the then Senator of New York, visited Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria to deliver the Day of Affirmation speech.

702's John Robbie spoke to her about this momentous day in political history.

Listen to the interview below:

It's so wonderful to hear my dad's words on the Day of Affirmation speech at UCT. When he was leaving Cape Town for Johannesburg, he asked the pilot to fly low over Robben Island and tip the wings of the plane.

Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's daughter

This symbol of solidarity with apartheid prisoners resulted in the South African pilot never being allowed to fly again.

I was eight years old in 1968 when he was killed. I have many memories of him, he was incredibly loving, funny and engaging to be with.

Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's daughter

Kennedy was well-known for advocating for civil rights issues in the US. He implored his children to do their part in similiar causes.

The #blacklivesmatter movement has been a long time coming. We have a long history, hundreds of years in fact, of police brutality targeting African Americans.

Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's daughter
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