** MONTHS AFTER JFK’s DEATH, RFK FINALLY RESPONDS TO A CONDOLENCE MESSAGE **
The United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964 and a US Senator from New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. He was one of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s younger brothers, and also one of his most trusted advisers and worked closely with the President during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also made a significant contribution to the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
Typed letter signed “Bob” as Attorney General, July 2, 1964, 7×9, “The Attorney General / Washington” stationery, to leading Civil Rights activist Clarence Mitchell in Washington, D.C., with RFK crossing out the typed name and handwriting “Clarence”, in full:
Many thanks for the understanding letter you sent me so long ago…in November. Your words of sympathy were deeply appreciated by all of us but I find them even more meaningful now.
I am enclosing several of the prayer cards from the Requiem Mass which I thought you might like to have.
In fine condition, mailing fold and some handling wear.
One John F. Kennedy memorial card, as mentioned by RFK, is included.
Clarence Maurice Mitchell Jr. (March 8, 1911 – March 19, 1984) was an American civil rights activist and was the chief lobbyist for the NAACP for nearly 30 years. He also served as a regional director for the organization.
Mitchell, nicknamed “the 101st U.S. Senator”, waged a tireless campaign on Capitol Hill, helping to secure passage of civil rights legislation in the 1950s and 1960s: the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Civil Rights Act of 1960, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968). On June 9, 1980, he was presented with the “Presidential Medal of Freedom” by 39th President Jimmy Carter.