The 1960s were a tumultuous time for Americans—soldiers were dying in Vietnam, race riots were exploding at home, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
In 1968, with the country in turmoil, the hopes of many Americans rested on New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. With enthusiasm, passion and idealism, Senator Kennedy sought to bridge the great divide in America between blacks and whites, the young and old, and the rich and poor. "We can start to work together. We are a great country, a selfless country and a compassionate country," he said.
On June 4, 1968, Senator Kennedy won the California primary, paving the way to become the Democratic presidential nominee. His supporters were jubilant. However, the celebration would be short lived. Later that night, Senator Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles at the Ambassador Hotel.