Robert Kennedy Ripple of Hope Speech



In a 1966 speech, at the University of Cape Town, Robert Kennedy spoke on Apartheid in South Africa and linked it to the civil rights movement in the United States. 

“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.”

His “Ripple of Hope” speech highlights the power of each individual doing small acts on their own part towards creating a common good. 

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