Edward Kennedy: 1932- 2009

EMKThe day has been filled with tributes to Edward M. Kennedy. I will remember him as an individual who fought for those who lacked a voice regardless of background or belief. I grew up in the “Kennedy era” and clearly remember the night in 1968 when Robert Kennedy was killed in Los Angeles. The moving eulogy given about his brother still inspires me today. Edward Kennedy was a fighter. The accumulation of legislation he helped pass made life better for those less fortunate. He fought for Hispanics, African-Americans, immigrants, and all workers. Until his death yesterday, he fought for universal health care and quality education. Growing up in a Hispanic household, I remember our family always having an affinity for the Kennedy’s. Despite his critics and missteps, Edward Kennedy exemplified the “call to service.” He’ll be missed.