From Robert F. Kennedy’s “Ripple of Hope” speech

Formally known as the “Day of Affirmation” speech, given in Cape Town, South Africa, on June 6th, 1966, Robert F. Kennedy’s words of 50 years ago, exactly 2 years before his assassination, included this famed and inspiring passage:

“Each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. Thousands of Peace Corps volunteers are making a difference in isolated villages and city slums in dozens of countries. Thousands of unknown men and women in Europe resisted the occupation of the Nazis and many died, but all added to the ultimate strength and freedom of their countries. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”