“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Senator Robert F. Kennedy, University of Cape Town, 6th June 1966
Kennedy’s Day of Affirmation speech, better known as the “Ripple of Hope Speech”, it is a memorable and much analysed piece of rhetoric which is always worth remembering. Possibly his greatest speech.