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A Nine-Year-Old’s Memory of JFK – and Grownup Thoughts of MLK and Bobby

Posted By JFK Memories On November 25, 2013 @ 3:23 pm In Notebook | Comments Disabled

Glenda Thomas was a San Francisco elementary school student in 1963. This month, she recorded her memories of November 22, 1963 and sent them to our Tumblr, JFK Memories [1].

“As a little black girl living in San Francisco, she says, “I didn’t know the full effect this assassination had on me until later in life.”

 

“When Martin Luther King was killed, and then Bobby Kennedy also was assassinated, it became clear to me that the message I received from these assassinations was that if you really try to help people and do good in this country, and especially helping poor people, helping black people, helping disenfranchised people – you’re going to be killed. And if you’re a black leader willing to speak out, we will shoot you down.”

Thomas concludes: “I hope those who hear my voice will be encouraged that … we still must do that thing we must do.”

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. Photo: Abbie Rowe, National Park Service/John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston

>> Much more on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination at our Remembering JFK page [3]

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[2] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/RFK_and_MLK_together.jpg

[3] >> Much more on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination at our Remembering JFK page: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/remembering-john-f-kennedy.html

[4] The Night Grace Kelly Surprised JFK in His Room: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/19/the-night-grace-kelly-surprised-jfk-in-his-room/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

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