Robert F. Kennedy at Creighton

It is almost the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Democratic presidential hopeful, Robert F. Kennedy. On June 5th, 1968, RFK was fatally shot shortly after winning the California presidential primary and speaking at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. However, less than a month earlier – on May 13th – he spoke at Creighton University, focusing on selective service deferment and the draft for the Vietnam War, as noted by the Creightonian. Partial footage of his speech on Creighton’s campus can be found below, from ’68: The Year Nebraska Mattered, a documentary by NETNebraska about the 1968 presidential election (NETNebraska has kindly made this publicly available on Youtube – thanks NETNebraska!):

The video is set up to start at the Creighton section. 

Some Creighton students were active in his presidential campaign. Two Young Democrats, Bill Maloney and Roger Blauwet, were invited to join RFK during his whistle-stop campaign because of their status at the Omaha Kennedy headquarters as “coordinators of student manpower” (according to a 1968 Creightonian article). Some female Creighton students supported his campaign as Kennedy Girls.


Robert F. Kennedy speaking at Creighton University, May 13, 1968

Note: We missed the 50th anniversary of his speech at Creighton due to projects concerning graduation, or something like that…



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