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Attorney General Pays Surprise Visit to New York

Aug. 14, 1963 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (pictured today in Harlem) paid a surprise visit to New York today to look over the operations of three youth training programs supported by the Federal Government. He made the trip as chairman of the President’s Committee on Juvenile Delinquency. At 10:30 a.m., Mr. Kennedy arrived at his first stop, Mobilization for Youth headquarters on the Lower East Side, in a taxicab straight from La Guardia Airport. He was hatless, without so much as a briefcase, and accompanied by just one aide. A member of the Mobilization for Youth staff said they had received 24 hours’ notice of the visit. A list of Mr. Kennedy’s first stops of the day was nearly a complete outline of training and rehabilitation programs organized by Mobilization for Youth. He saw a reading clinic, clerical and dressmaking workshops, lessons for newly arrived homemakers, teenage-operated coffeehouses, and a neighborhood service center for families in trouble. Although he was 35 minutes behind schedule by the end of his tour, the Attorney General took time for this exchange with a small Puerto Rican boy:

Boy: “Are you the President’s brother?”

Mr. Kennedy: “I am.”

Boy: “I’d like you to meet my family.”

Mr. Kennedy: “Fine.”

Mr. Kennedy and they youngster’s family shook hands all around.


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