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"Robert Francis Kennedy: A Memorial" record album

Object Number: 2003.017.0002.0001
Category: Audio
Publisher: Columbia Records
Manufacturer: Columbia Records
Manufacturer: CBS
Type of Object: Record album
Date: 1969
Dimensions: 12 7/16 × 12 3/8 × 3/8 in. (31.6 × 31.4 × 1 cm) Open: 12 7/16 × 24 7/8 × 1/8 in. (31.6 × 63.2 × 0.3 cm)
"Robert Francis Kennedy: A Memorial" record album; the album is a "double" with two records included in the bi-fold record jacket.

The front and reverse of the cover are covered in small photographs from Senator Kennedy's life. Reverse of album has a paper sticker in upper left corner with price "4.77" and other markings. Columbia Masterworks logo is in upper left front and upper right reverse corners printed in gold. Beneath the image collage on reverse is manufacturer and copyright information.

Interior of record jacket has large black and white portrait of Senator Kennedy on right half. Left half of inside of album cover has quote from Coretta Scott King printed in white on a black ground. Text is as follows:

"Like my late husband, Robert Francis Kennedy died fighting for the ideals of American democracy. Because he envisioned the solidarity, dignity, peaceful coexistence, and higher possibilities of the human family here on earth, he might have been called 'a new man in an old world.' Ahead of his time in his attitude towards the problems of youth, race, the city and war, Mr. Kennedy himself once quoted the words of Abraham Lincoln as our best guide: 'As our case is new, so must we think anew and act anew.'

Mr. Kennedy wrote in his book To Seek a Newer World, '...the sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.' He was a strange man to many people -- strange because he was a product of affluence. By all logic, he might have had a different set of values. But Robert Kennedy was a true patriot because his allegiance was to a higher law: 'Peace on earth, good will towards men.'

An idealist and a dissenter, Robert Kennedy's thinking about the human condition was as dated as that of Socrates, Jesus, St. Paul and Sir Thomas More; it is comforting to remember that the teachings and principles of the greatest dissenters of all times have made them immortal.

Because Robert Francis Kennedy lived and labored for the fulfillment of the American Dream -- freedom and justice for all -- I believe that his name will live forever in the annals of American History.

-- Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr."

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Curator's Notes

Included in the Museum's temporary exhibit, "Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.," about how these two men, from wildly different backgrounds, were finding common ground in their activism for the poor, for civil rights and for ending the war in Vietnam, this item will be on display on the Museum's seventh floor from June 5, 2018 to September 3, 2018. - Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

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