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50 Years Later, A Look Back At Robert Kennedy’s Message Of Hope

Robert F Kennedy's Headstone at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Tim Evanson, Flickr

Earlier that same year — 1968 — the Vietnam war was raging, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, race riots were erupting and Cesar Chavez, a leader for migrant farm workers, went on a hunger strike. Kennedy, then U.S. senator from New York and former U.S. attorney general, brought a message of tolerance and hope to the striking workers in California.

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50 Years Later: Archives Reignite Conspiracy Theories On Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination

The index of the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Archives Collection, created by Philip Melanson. Photo by Jon Kalish for the NENC

This week is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F.Kennedy. While the controversy and conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of his brother John F. Kennedy are well known, the death of Robert Kennedy is far less familiar to the public. A political science professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth created an archive devoted to RFK’s assassination that has been a valuable resource for those looking into alternate theories about the murder.

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2020 Census Provokes Mixed Reactions On Citizenship Question

Hartford resident Georges Annan-Kingsley, right, is an artist and political refugee from the Ivory Coast.

While the Welcoming Committee steers clear of asking neighbors about their citizenship status, the 2020 Census is planning to ask that question — and that has stirred mixed reactions across the country and in communities like Hartford.


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