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The Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy updated with biography video

Updated on January 20, 2012

RFK addressing Action corp

Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy | Source
founder of RFK Childern's  Action corp
founder of RFK Childern's Action corp

Saving the children

Giving children a second chance is what Mr.Robert Kennedy believed in. What parents and the community tells a child affects what they become.Children at risk of abuse, and criminal behavior contribute to one and half million arrest each year are reported as victims. Many of the programs that are geared at helping children, like Children Services and Welfare Agencies are broken and fail to do much good.

Bobby was inspired by his own family and the 1960 engineering of his brothers presidency. After his brothers death in 1963 the compassionate senator, along with Phil Johnston formed the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corp.The approach was to protect the children from abuse, truancy and gang activity. Sadly he was gun down at the Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968, Twenty-five hours later he was dead.

Phil Johnston, a social worker, on Bobby's campaign was given three hundred dollars in 1969. This was the first child welfare donation given of which a twenty-four bed residential facility in Massachusetts was opened.

The facility took in eight hundred children a year to stop the cycle of violence and neglect. The biggest problem is that each state has it own policy in the juvenile system.The Corp focused on preventing repeat offenders. Acknowledging that children did not belong in jail with harden criminals the welfare systems and the juvenile system begun to work together.


One of the Corps survivor cases is Brian Hancock.His mother was and alcoholic and he became involved in a homicide with three other young people. Bryan was going to be charged with voluntary manslaughter and be sentenced to 14 years. The RFK Action Corp. prevent Brian from becoming a statistic.Their great staff treat the children as people.He has gone to college for numerous degrees and is now the Director of Child Behavior and health services for RFK Action Corp. He is a husband and father who will also leave his mark on the world.


Another child saved

Bianca's mother was on drugs and her father died in 1993. Her and her older sister had to fend for their selves. At the age of 10 she started to hang out at a liquor store and to fail school. Finally the state intervened but that just lead to placement into several foster homes. For the twelve years in foster care she lived in eleven different homes. Finally she was excepted to the Action Corp. By now school had become very important to Bianca and graduation was coming soon. She worried that she wouldn't get her mail from colleges that she applied to because of all the moving around. In the mean time Bianca attended weekly classes with other teens with similar problems. She begun to open up and talk more freely. She started to care for her self more than she ever new and she had real friends. People that talked to her not at her. Needless to say Bianca has blossomed into a fine young lady and is doing very well,thanks to the Action Corp, Bobby Kennedy and Phil Johnston.



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      lisa calloway 6 years ago

      great family. struck down too soon.

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      roshall 6 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for commenting James. I wish I was a part of this era. He was truly great and missed. have a nice day.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this fine article. I was a fan of RFK back in the day and was extremely saddened by his death, as well as his brother's. It is good to see that his legacy lives on.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi roshall, great informational and interesting hub .

      Robert Kennedy and his brother John did many good things to help people who lived in Massachusetts .

      Awesome and vote up !!!