Senator Kennedy was a man of great compassion who worked for equal rights for all people. His work on behalf of the marginalized will always be remembered. Many people of my generation owe a large part of their opportunities, such as educational opportunities, to Senator Kennedy (as well as others such as the late Senator Pell). I was saddened, but not surprised, to hear of Senator Kennedy’s passing today. I hope we all remember his legacy of compassion and kindness, especially as we engage in discussions about health care reform.
From the Senator’s website:
“Edward M. Kennedy—the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply—died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”