Kerry Kennedy "Bobby Kennedy: He Hates to be Second"
Kerry Kennedy, the eighth of 11 children born to Robert and Ethel Kennedy. She was three when she appeared on the cover of LOOK Magazine with her father and older brother David. For much of her professional life, she has been the president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights center.
Both of her parents encouraged political involvement in their children. "Social justice continued to be a very, very central value in our household," Kerry says. "It was just quite natural for me to choose a life as a human rights activist." Each night at dinner, each child was expected to identify and explain an item from that day's news, and you couldn't repeat what someone else had already come up with.
Kerry says many of the leading minority activists of the 60s showed up at her childhood home. John Lewis "was my hero," she says. At the time, Lewis was head of SNCC, the Student Non-violent Coordination Commission, and later become a U.S. Congressperson. She was particularly impressed with LaDonna Harris. "When I was a kid my parents went around the room and said to everybody, 'What do you want to be?' And they said doctors, lawyers, whatever, president. And I said,'An Indian,'" she laughs now. "I was just ennamored of the extraordinary traditons of American Indians and their life before the terrible colonization, massacres and genocide against them."
She talked about her memories growing up and how – faced with the violence of the 1960s – young people were faced with the choice of escaping or becoming "activists with a loving heart... Their work lead to the incredible success of the women's rights movement, the extraordinary success of the LGBTQ movement and other changes."