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RFK Speaks in Toronto

Apr. 15, 1964 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy urged yesterday that the U.S. and Canada make stronger and more intensive appeals to the minds of young people throughout the world, particularly in underdeveloped countries. He said this was a major challenge for the West.

The Attorney General, in a speech in Toronto for the Canadian Press, said: “We must recognize that the young, in many areas of the world today, are in the midst of a revolution against the status quo. Their anger is turned on systems which have allowed poverty, illiteracy, and oppression to flourish for centuries.

“We must recognize one central fact. They will prevail. They will achieve their idealistic goals one way or another. If they have to pull governments tumbling down over their heads, they will do it. But they are going to win a share of a better, cleaner world.”

After the speech, Mr. Kennedy attended the Toronto-Detroit Stanley Cup game at Maple Leaf Gardens. (Pictured below, he and Mrs. Kennedy wince as Leaf Bobby Baun crashed into the boards near their seats.) The Red Wings won the game, 4-3, in overtime.

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