Interview with Marian Wright Edelman

You told me something about this trip where you said you were very moved by something Bobby Kennedy did.


I was very moved by what Bobby Kennedy did when we went to visit, ah, Annie White in Cleveland, Mississippi, ah, and again without cameras and because he was Bobby Kennedy a lot of, some newspapermen had come along but we went inside a very dark and dank shack, ah, in Cleveland, Mississippi. It was very filthy and very poor and when we walked through from front to back together, ah, there was in the kitchen where mother was kind of scrubbing in a, in a tin can, tin, ah, washing clothes, ah, in a tin tub, ah. There was a child sitting on a dirt floor, ah, filthy. And there was very little light there and he got down on his knees and he tried to talk to the child and get a response from the child. He kept poking or feeling the child and saying, trying to get some response. And I remember watching him in near tears because I kept saying to myself, I had this, this complicated feeling. I was moved by it and wondering whether I would have gotten down on that dirty floor. But, I'm deeply respectful, ah, that he did. He could do almost anything after that and I trusted him from that time on just as a human being. And then he went out, ah, to the backyard where the reporters were waiting. And he was correctly angry. But from that moment on I knew that somehow he would be a major part in, in trying to deal with hunger in Mississippi for children.


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