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‘ALTHOUGH SOMETHING DIED IN ALL OF US, WE KEPT THE FAITH’

The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968, felt like the end of hope, which sounds acutely familiar to many Americans today
BROKEN DREAMS The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy— assassinated at 39, 42 and 46 respectively.
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Martin Luther King Jr. with fellow leaders of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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Jackie and John F. Kennedy, then the Democratic presidential nominee, at a 1960 ticker tape parade in New York City.
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LEGACY

ROBERT F. KENNEDYWAS killed 50 years ago June 6—the third in a trio of high-profile assassinations during that dec ade, the bloody coda to an era of political violence. Today, in our divided, uncivil time, it’s worth remembering that Americans survived the horrors of the 1960s and early ’70s, which began with the murder of Robert’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. But 1968 was something of a watershed: “The year that shattered America,” as Smithsonian has called it, demolished the hippie fever dream of the ’60s with an explosive cocktail of escalating war, racially charged riots, police brutality and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and then RFK.

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