In Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White, Patricia Sullivan examines Kennedy’s story with the Black freedom struggles of the 1960s, providing a fresh account of the changing political alignments that marked the decade.

His commitment took on a new urgency after his brother’s assassination, when cities emerged as the major front in the long fight for racial justice. On the night of Martin Luther King’s assassination, two months before he would himself be killed, his anguished appeal captured the hopes of a turbulent decade: “In this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of nation we are and what direction we want to move in.” It is a question that remains urgent and unanswered.

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